The Huffington Post recently published an article written by a student about her thoughts on the national epidemic of teacher salary cuts. The author sees the fact that educators aren’t more highly paid as a slap in the face, not only to teachers, but also to students. She’s insulted that school systems aren’t willing to invest in quality instruction. She believes that the best way to invest in students’ futures is to incentivize and support teachers with better pay, not to spend money on the latest technology and unnecessary building improvements that have little effect on students.
According to the author, as a straight-A student, she is encouraged to enter the medical or legal professions and told that as a teacher, she would be wasting her potential. She finds it critical to our country’s future to destigmatize the teaching profession and give them the higher pay they deserve for the impact they make.
At Elevate Teachers, we’re happy to hear a student feel the same way we do about respecting and supporting teachers. If we want our students to get a quality education, we can’t disrespect and devalue the people who have the biggest effect on their instruction.