paid a fortune?
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Submitted by ben (United States), May 8, 2013 15:48
Really - teachers are getting paid a fortune? Seriously? I think there are benefits to teaching (as one myself), not least of which are the psychic benefits of doing some good in the World. However, this comes at the expense of a high salary. That is a tradeoff I happily make, but that doesn't mean that my 60k a year to live in NYC is a "fortune." Most teachers I know live with roomates or in small studios on their own, and struggle to support one or two children. Langone is clearly out of touch with teachers.
That said, bad teachers should get fired. Every teacher I know agrees with that statement. The question is determining who is a bad teacher, which gets a bit trickier. There are schools systems that have devised ways to rate teachers (New Haven, Ct) that use student data, principal observations and peer observation. I am all for it. Basing the quality of a teacher on test scores alone - something many of the school reformers wish to do, would do a lot more harm than good.
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