Originally Posted by hedliniv
Not to be rude, but did you start your career at McDonalds or something? I can only speak for Canada (and even then my experiences are limited to the provinces of ON, NB, PEI, NS and NL) but for a career that requires 5 or 6 years of university (like, for example, would be required to become a lawyer or to get your MBA after you get your undergrad) teachers are paid dick-all.
Do they deserve more $$ for working a job that demands as much as it does (5 or 6 years of education, suffering verbal and sometimes physical abuse at the hands of students and parents, working in sub-standard buildings, etc)? I would be inclined to think they do. Are teachers likely to get paid what they are worth for shaping the future generations to the best of their abilities (given the restrictions placed on them by limited funds and the "rules")? I would guess that the answer is sadly, "no".
The thing is, people don't become teachers because they want to be rich, people become teachers because they care. They care about teaching. They care about learning. They care about the children that they will teach. They care about the communities in which they will teach. I don't understand why, but teachers care and that is why they teach.
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