Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday at Pre-K Pages. Today I will be discussing the very hot topic of how the public perceives early childhood teachers. This post has been on my docket for several weeks and I thought it apropos that this article recently appeared in the New York Times.
Nothing pushes my buttons more than people who think preschool or kindergarten teachers have too much time off and not enough work to do because (and I know I’m preaching to the choir here) nothing could be further from the truth. We’ve all been in those awkward situations where we’re introduced to somebody in public and as soon as we answer the dreaded question, “What do you do for a living?” the conversation shuts down.
The researchers featured in the New York Times article:
“…estimate that a standout kindergarten teacher is worth about $320,000 a year. That’s the present value of the additional money that a full class of students can expect to earn over their careers. This estimate doesn’t take into account social gains, like better health and less crime.”
Can I get an amen? While it is nice to see it in print I know that it will never be a reality. Of course, nobody goes into education to get rich, but a little respect and validation every now and again never hurt either. I would be happy to just have the respect that goes along with a $320,000 a year job, even without the matching paycheck. The respect of my colleagues (you know those upper grade teachers think all we do is play and sing all day!), my superiors, and the general public, that’s all I ask. Too bad the article can’t be required reading for the powers that be or the talking heads on TV.
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