Originally Posted by cdcox
Lowest 10% (starting teachers) are in that $30-35K range:
Somewhat mitigating the 10-month work year is the fact that I'm guessing most teachers work more than 40 hours a week during the school year. I hosted a MathCounts competition today, and all the teachers were sitting at tables grading papers. I'm guessing that if they weren't at the competition, sometime this weekend they would be doing that at home. But then, lots of other people work overtime as well.
Most teachers that have been at it for more than 5 years have earned their Masters. $50K for a mid-career professional with a Masters degree isn't anything to write home about. When its all said and done, I don't think they are grossly underpaid or overpaid.
Anyone who thinks teachers are overpaid is free to take advantage of the situation and become one.
In most areas that value education, I don't believe they are underpaid either, but the work is exhausting at times. My wife is a high school math teacher and grades papers until 10 and 11 most nights (she has 150 students in her sections). She plans most of the summer for the next year. It isn't the same as the rest of the year, but correlates to what happens with anyone who works at home.
The teachers have summers off is a convenient cop out for those who don't want to think about reality. It is always interesting to see new substitutes reactions to what that reality entails for 6 and half hours, and of course everything has been planned for them. You are exactly right, you think it is so sweet, go back to school and take advantage. Those that do so for the "summers off" don't last long.