Can’t help but pass this on:

I’ve written about this before.  Someone very close to me is a teacher and it never really ceases to amaze me how much work the vocation is and how little it pays.  Of course that also renders me biased, but then who isn’t biased about teaching?  Near all of us must go through the system and have teachers, both good and bad.  It strikes me as completely unfair and laughable that our society can prop up certain professions financially while letting others lay destitute.

Our education system has been derided for not being up to par globally and, although it certainly is not the worst, our ability to compete with other nations that place more emphasis on education is in limbo should we continue at current pace.

We do little to regulate teachers in comparison to, say, doctors who are expected to go through rigorous training and yet are given autonomy once that training is complete.  It seems to me that the teachers should go through similar rigors and raise the bar on the profession, along with the rewards and status in our society.  This obviously is a huge undertaking, but a world where we adore teachers like we do doctors would reap benefits compounding for centuries.  I am not disparaging current teachers, but I do believe there is such a huge variance in quality that raising the regulation on being a teacher could be of great value.  Such regulations would need be national.  There is a good reason areas like Texas and Florida have a lack of teachers and others such as Minneapolis have a surplus of able bodies and dearth of positions.

How to finance such an undertaking is the difficult aspect.  Someone has to pay for the higher salaries and putting the onus on government seems too difficult.  This may have been the ideal behind privatization of schools.  I like public schools, for their gritty socialization and random groupings, but improving the ecosystem so that a level of education is higher and stable across the board would be extremely valuable for the US.

The ridiculous pay scale leads to people in other sectors making light of the profession, which may be our most important as a society, and that’s a damn shame.  It leads to people such as the teacher in the video having to “defend” his vocation as though it’s less important for its pay.  Pure folly, to be sure.

I have no intentions to go into teaching as a profession.  But you can be sure that I plan on being a teacher every waking hour as soon as I have children, to deny our professional teachers a reasonable wage and the true merit of their positions angers and saddens me.