Dave M. sent me the following link from the Wall Street Journal. $34.06 an Hour
My wife is a teacher at Just the Greatest Christian School in Pensacola, FL. I don’t know of another profession that has more impact on a society than that of teacher. They deserve to be well paid. But let me ask you this…
If you have a government that is officially agnostic and that government runs the schools whom will they naturally hire? Any organization hires with its worldview in mind. It hires to further its goals and objectives. So, if you are, at your core, an organization that believes only in the material it would be foolish to hire those who might actively teach against this view.
Now, I know that there are great teachers in the government school system who would teach even if their pay were cut to that of a private school teacher. But if you are a materialist at heart I think you could easily find a home in the government schools. It would be much more difficult to live out a Trinitarian worldview in that environment. Wouldn’t it?
UPDATE: Here is the link to the original report at the Manhatten Institute for Policy Research. Here is an excerpt:
Among the key findings of this report:
- According to the BLS, the average public school teacher in the United States earned $34.06 per hour in 2005.
- The average public school teacher was paid 36% more per hour than the average non-sales white-collar worker and 11% more than the average professional specialty and technical worker.
- Full-time public school teachers work on average 36.5 hours per week during weeks that they are working. By comparison, white-collar workers (excluding sales) work 39.4 hours, and professional specialty and technical workers work 39.0 hours per week. Private school teachers work 38.3 hours per week.
- Compared with public school teachers, editors and reporters earn 24% less; architects, 11% less; psychologists, 9% less; chemists, 5% less; mechanical engineers, 6% less; and economists, 1% less.
- Compared with public school teachers, airplane pilots earn 186% more; physicians, 80% more; lawyers, 49% more; nuclear engineers, 17% more; actuaries, 9% more; and physicists, 3% more.
- Public school teachers are paid 61% more per hour than private school teachers, on average nationwide.
- The Detroit metropolitan area has the highest average public school teacher pay among metropolitan areas for which data are available, at $47.28 per hour, followed by the San Francisco metropolitan area at $46.70 per hour, and the New York metropolitan area at $45.79 per hour.
- We find no evidence that average teacher pay relative to that of other white-collar or professional specialty workers is related to high school graduation rates in the metropolitan area.