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Are teachers overpaid?

By John Published: May 3, 2011

Not according to this Op-ed in the New York Times. It's unfortunate that the only way we can signal that we value something is to cast it in military terms, but the authors here suggest we respect the work of teachers as much as we respect the work of the armed forces, especially when the war isn't going well.

No one contemplates blaming the men and women fighting every day in the trenches for little pay and scant recognition.

And yet in education we do just that. When we don't like the way our students score on international standardized tests, we blame the teachers. When we don't like the way particular schools perform, we blame the teachers and restrict their resources.

Compare this with our approach to our military: when results on the ground are not what we hoped, we think of ways to better support soldiers. We try to give them better tools, better weapons, better protection, better training. And when recruiting is down, we offer incentives.





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