My wife is currently exploring the idea of becoming an urban public school teacher, which I firmly support. But I can’t help wonder why anyone ever goes to the hassle:
- Low pay that starts around $32,000 and never grows much beyond $50,000 except in elite school districts.
- Tough certification rules.
- The cost and time of obtaining a masters.
- Inadequate buildings and learning supplies.
Perhaps the worst thing a teacher must face is No Child Left Behind, which I’ve been calling No Child Gets an Education. It seems to me that teaching elementary school students to a “test” would be the final straw for those men and women who already put up with so many career negatives.
A review of a Tom Chapin album.