Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Next Teacher-Union Propaganda Blast

You'll be hearing about how much public-school teachers "sacrifice" in earnings just to be teachers.

Umnnnhhhh....kinda depends on how you define "sacrifice."

LaborPains has a couple of charts which provide discussion points--and you'll note that in their comparisons, the only compensation component measured is salary. Most of us in the real world know that benefits count, too, and they add up very fast indeed.

For the record: I do NOT argue that teachers are "overpaid" or "underpaid." I do think that there is a serious imbalance in compensation between the spheres of 'private' and 'public' employment, but we're not going to resolve it here.

8 comments:

John Foust said...

Wow, your disclaimer almost sounds like you know a teacher or two, or are related to one.

Serious imbalance? Doesn't that mean one is overpaid, one is underpaid? I think you are saying the teachers are overpaid.

Can you think of any differences between public and private employment, apart from the total compensation?

Deekaman said...

Annualize the teacher's salary (i.e., what would they make if they worked 12 months instead of 9 and you will see they are not just seriously overpaid, but grossly overpaid.

Anonymous said...

Whoever taught Deekman during his MPS years was seriously overpaid...I'll give you that.

Tim Morrissey said...

As one with some passing familiarity with the Madison Metro School District and its structure, I might humbly suggest that about 58.9% of the administrative staff could be removed/fired/termed/pink-slipped/eliminated/abolished/done-away-with/taken out/etc. and little if any harm would be done to the clients and owners of the district.

Deekaman said...

So, Anon: show me the evidence. If I'm wrong, show me where. show me how results have improved with teacher pay.

I didn't go to MPS.

Dad29 said...

Well, then, Tim: elect a Board which will FIRE the assholes.

John Foust said...

If a job became more and more difficult or less and less attractive, do you think the employer would need to raise or lower the offered compensation to conitnue to fill all needed positions?

Tim Morrissey said...

I have tried time and again to elect a board that will fire the assholes. Such candidates die in the primaries or general elections because they don't have MTI money behind them.