blackmercedes - 1/25/2005 9:39 PM
tiggerfink - 1/25/2005 7:46 PM
That is more than IT managers in my area.
It sounds like you value IT managers more than school teachers.
Not sure about in the US, but in most parts of Canada, all school teachers require a minimum of five years of university, and often more. The investment is substantial. Most university graduates 10-15 years out earn a pretty decent living. Teachers in our city earn a decent living, but there is little upside potential. A typical civil engineer easily earns the $70K that a teacher maxes out at, but can earn a great deal more. Teachers here cannot.
It's tough to compare apples to oranges. A grader driver can make $90K with overtime. For grade 12 education and little training, that's pretty good. No tuition or book costs, no 5+ years of no earnings, etc.
Also, most every teacher I know works the same number of hours in a calander year as most semi-professional people. Also, in management, I had eight weeks paid vacation, so that is not an unusual benefit. Our teacher's pension plan is horrible and the health and other benefits are poor compared to many orthe professions.
Make the pay high enough to attract excellent people, but we must keep public funds under control too. We also need to turn around the public perception that teaching is a vocation for the lazy. It's an important job that we have taken for granted for too long. For many decades we had a good supply of teachers and nurses thanks to numbers of bright and capable young women that had no other career options. That has changed.