"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Monday, March 02, 2009

A Teacher Bailout?

AIG, alone, has now received $150 billion to make up for the super-sized grand larceny that took place on Wall Street during the past eight years.

To give you an idea of what that one payout of $150 billion would mean to teachers, it would give all of our 6 million teachers a $5,000 raise for the next five years.

Of course, that would still not bring them close to comparable occupations (click chart to expand).

So the next time that a politician or Secretary of Education proposes to you that teachers must earn a raise through wringing higher test scores from children who are living in cars or crack houses, I hope you will spit in his face.

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