Teachers these days make an average starting salary of $31,704 per year, yet they spend an average of 50+ hours per week on teaching duties, including noncompensated school-related activities such as grading papers, bus duty, club advising, fund raisers, phone calls at home, and evening activity supervision.

They also teach an average of 21 pupils at the elementary and 28 at the high school level, and spend an average of $443 per year of their own money to meet the needs of their students.

What Are The Trends Of Today?

1.) America's public school teachers are the most educated, most experienced ever. Half of the teachers have 15 years of experience or more. The majority of teachers hold one or more advanced degrees. Public school teachers are highly skilled in the subjects they teach.

2.) The work of teachers is being transformed. Teachers are learning new skills and sharpening the ones they've already developed. Teachers are enriching their lessons with technology.

3.) The number of teachers leaving the profession is increasing. Working conditions and low salaries are by far the primary reasons cited by individuals who do not plan to continue teaching until retirement. Nation-wide, more than 3.9 million teachers will be needed because of attrition, retirement and increased student enrollment. Many new teachers leave after five years. Teacher shortages appear in some subjects more than others (math, science, counseling, special education).

4.) The teaching corps in public schools does not reflect the diversity of the student population. More teachers of color are needed. The percentage of African-American teachers is the lowest since 1971. Classroom success depends on cultural diversity.

5.) Just 25% of the nation's 3 million teachers are men. Male numbers are gradually dwindling. States that have high salaries have more male teachers.

Source: http://educationalissues.suite101.com/article.cfm/nea__todays_teach...

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Comment by RD on October 14, 2009 at 5:59pm
A side effect of low teacher pay--a shrinking pool of good, talented candidates. Undergraduate and graduate students with promise and talent and big futures are never encouraged to go into K-12 education, largely because of the low pay and demanding work conditions. Even in the best environment with all the equipment and supplies you need, you still work more than 50 hours a week. And the low pay indicates how little as a society we respect teaching, children, and women.

I teach. The pay is not enough. Everyone gets more respect and has more power and say-so over your day than you do. A higher salary would help but that's just the beginning.
Comment by Monie on October 14, 2009 at 4:47pm
I feel that teachers should make at least $50,000. a year. It makes no since that the very person trusted to instill knowledge is short change. Teachers normally spend years going to college, to receive an salary the is less the a general warehouse worker!!!!!????. No wonder this generation is X out of knowledge, opportunities and awareness. If this country don't get its priorities in check...........we will be X out. What are you willing to do to make a change.
Comment by Spiritgirl on October 14, 2009 at 4:35pm
Teachers are extremely underpaid in most areas of this nation. Many are hard-working, dedicated, and spend a lot of hours of their own time preparing for their classes. Yes, there are some that shouldn't be teachers, because while they may know the material, they aren't really able to convey that, and engage their students. Teachers for putting up with other peoples badly behaving, rude, raucous, children (and their parents) should be paid at a minimum $55,000.00 to start. Not to mention that they should be allowed to fail little Johnny, because they know that he can't read!
And parents, you all need to at least prepare your child for school by teaching them manners, respect, and how to be still so that they can sit that butt in chairs without disturbing everyone else! And as for those "standardized tests" teachers are really just teaching to help the students pass those tests, when as adults we all know that there is so much more that children need to be prepared for as they get older.
Comment by jenjen on October 14, 2009 at 4:08pm
Teachers are extremely underpaid. Teachers don't get "overtime" pay. In Miami, FL, city employees are able to cash in their sick days and some receive $30,000 or more in addition to their pay. City bus drivers are paid more than teachers. Teaching is a female dominated field. The overt pay discrimination that still exists between men and women is most apparent in the education occupation. Florida is a right to work state. Once that antiquated law in the Florida Constitution is amended, teachers won't have to moonlight at Tootsie's, Solid Gold, or Applebee's.
Comment by Adele W. Charles on October 14, 2009 at 3:55pm
I thank God that both my kids,and myself, always did well in school;but we needed our teachers. Teachers are so underpaid it is ridiculous.It's bad enough we will pay hundreds of $ on shoes and electronics, but won't buy our kids "hooked on phonics"; then some of you have the nerve to complain that the teacher is not doing her job because she can't give your child one on one attention;you give it to them.I have never had either of my kids in private school,but if I had to pay anything for my child to attend school, I would have gladly paid.


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