Sticking to my back to school theme with many kids and especially teachers preparing to head back to the classroom, I wanted to touch on the definition of a teacher and ask for some feedback on why even the best teachers remain at the bottom of the payscale compared to other professional careers.
By definition a teacher is a person who provides schooling for others- in addition to it being a role that is often formal and ongoing, and if the individual wants to become a teacher at a state-funded school, must obtain professional qualifications or credentials from a university or college*
Factor in as well the number of participating teachers in the United States alone ranges up to 7.2 million who plan to teach from pre-kindergarten to college. But aside from those that teach at institutions of higher learning, the average salary/pay-scale for some teachers is still relatively low compared to other professions such as doctors, lawyers and professional athletes who make anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars annually and yet I ask wasn't there a teacher who taught or inspired that same individual to want to persue a career in those fields I just mentioned and yet there are STILL some highly qualified teachers who are the most underpaid/highly-stressed persons but many continue with their passion/compassion to teach some of our future brightest students in the classroom.
Just imagine if a teacher of today could (with the best credentials possible) make the same amount of money as some of the best paid high-profile lawyers, doctors, or entertainers......just a matter of putting our priorities in the right place for those who have taught us endless possibilities to use our minds and our talents!
I OFTEN WONDER "WHY" TEACHERS ARE SO GROSSLY UNDERPAID; BECAUSE THEY ARE ENTRUSTED WITH OUR "MOST" PRECIOUS RESOURCE: OUR CHILDREN. THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW GREAT TEACHERS IN MY LIFE; BUT THE "GREATEST" WAS MR PEOPLES MY SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. HE "INTRODUCED" ME TO HBU's; AND "STIRRED" UP AN INTEREST IN ME WHICH CAUSE ME TO FREQUENT THE LIBRARY AND READ UP ON HBU's VIA "THE SCHOMBURG COLLECTION"... TODAY THIS COLLECTION IS HOUSED AT "THE SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH & BLACK CULTURE" IN HARLEM NEW YORK. I WAS PRIVILEGED TO HAVE ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION WHICH WAS THE DECIDING "FACTOR" IN MY DECISION TO ATTEND AN HBU (A&T) AND RELOCATE TO GREENSBORO.