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Teachers' salaries --a new perspective

Posted by Kyro Sk On 2008-02-27 3 comments

Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do--baby sit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time.

That would be $19.50 a day (7:00 AM to 3:30 (or so) PM with
just 25 min. off for lunch).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to
baby-sit their children.


How many do they teach in a class, 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 day s a year!!! We're not going to pay them for any vacations.


That's $585 x 180= $105,300 per year.

What about those special teachers and the ones with master's degrees? Well, I guess we could pay them minimum wage, and just to be fair, round it off to $7.00 an hour.

That would be $7 x 6 1/2 hours x 30 children x 180 days = $245,700 per year.

Wait a minute --there's something wrong here!

Average teacher salary:
$50,000/180 days
= $277/per day/30 students
= $9.23/6.5 hours
= $1.42 per hour per student.

A very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even try (with your help) to EDUCATE your kids!


So, those numbers seem a little inflated in certain places, so even if we take the conservative minimums, what the 'babysitting' cost would be is more like this:

$3/hour x 6 hours/day x 24 students per class = $432
$432 x 180 school days in a year = $77,760

(and this very low conservative estiamte provides zilch for extra curricular and prep time, which I'm sure almost doubles it)

As for the current cost per chilld, let's re-use these numbers to see the actual figure, again, this won't include any time outside of the conservative 6 hours / day that we used above.

Average teacher salary:
$50,000/180 days
= $277/per day/24 students
= $11.57/6 hours
= $1.92 per hour per student.

No matter how you crunch the numbers it's an amazingly good deal. And in my opinion, it's not just a theoretically good deal, it's an actually good deal. Investment in our children is the only way to have a shot over the long haul.

As the investment in our health and education for our kids goes down, so will the chances at having a better future for them to live in. Seems like common sense to me.