俊涵 周

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An increasing number of teachers get much more payment than before,but why?

Someone believe teachers` educate skills will improve as well as their payment. I can hardly agree with them. I believe money has only a weak link with education skills.

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    May 9 2012: The question isn't really about any individual teacher deciding to stick around for a bit more money, or some over-the-top example of $50,000 versus $500,000! If the writer of that comment knew anything about the state of education in many democracies today, he would have used realistic numbers like $21,000 versus $45,000!

    What if we step back and look at this from a wider - and not just individual - perspective?

    Public policy planners want to recruit, select, and retain able, inspiring, and conscientious teachers. Education IS critically important to any country's economy. With an eye to healthy democracies, education is also critically important for equipping the electorate with the tools they need to contribute meaningfully to a genuine democracy.

    But whether in a democracy or not, intelligent people generally have more career options. That is, the kinds of people who could become able, inspiring, and conscientious teachers could also become successful in engineering, business, or medicine. So how does a public policy planner or a government bureaucrat ensure that enough intelligent people choose a career in teaching? They have to pay enough to attract good people and retain them! They don't have to pay more than - or even as much as - other professions. But it has to be enough.

    Some of the comments here imply that the only truly dedicated teachers are the ones who - in effect - take a vow of poverty! Most would-be teachers are not monks and nuns: they are daughters and sons; they are mothers and fathers. They have their own families to think about.

    If teachers' salaries don't remain respectable and reasonable, most of the teachers remaining may be people who lack confidence, intelligence, and ability. Are those the 'also-rans' who we want teaching our children?
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    May 7 2012: Your question and explanation are a bit different, but id like to answer the question because i have a better understanding of it.
    I live in America, so my answer will revolve around American education as that is all i know well enough to comment on. The main and only reason teacher pay is rising is because of teacher unions, plain and simple. Teacher unions have a monopoly over all teachers and really dominate the educational system in America. The answer to your question is uniquely simple- teacher unions.
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    May 7 2012: Hello Ningbo,

    As you explained i totally agree with your point actually the point is that where we add money there every person will work focusing on the money not on their work the same thing is happening in today's education system the teacher who teach the student are only to earn the money not for sharing their precious knowledge with their student their only aim is to do business in name of education may be few teacher doesnt work for only money.........so, we should do somthing so that the link or eagerness for money should be less in field like education ........
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    May 5 2012: Maybe there are some differences between your topic and explanation,I guess? Well, as far as I am concerned, it is the passion and interest that work much more, in stead of the payment. After all, only are you interested in something then you will have a lasting motivation to do it!
    BTW: Would you mind my asking you that are you learning for TOEFL or something else? :-P
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      May 6 2012: your writing style is typical in line with TOEFL one
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        May 7 2012: 老师你头像很不现实啊!
  • May 4 2012: I think the idea behind increasing teacher salaries isn't about an individual teacher's ability. Although you could argue that if a teacher's pay was huge, he or she would work incredibly hard to keep the job- put more time into lesson planning, etc. I think the idea more revolves around the fact that if salaries increase, there is more interest in the industry. If teachers are getting paid $50,000 a year, there will be some people interested in teaching. On the other hand, if the salary jumped to $500,000 (for the sake of argument) far more people would be interested in the job. If this were the case, schools could then be more selective about who they hire, and theoretically increase teacher quality