Are teachers worth six figures?


Pay Teachers What They’re Worth

By John Wilson on December 15, 2011 8:30 AM


Education Secretary Arne Duncan said teachers should be paid six figures. That’s visionary.

Marc Tucker said that teachers in only three countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) were paid less than teachers in the United States. That’s embarrassing.

A recent controversial study said teachers were overpaid. That’s ridiculous.

The National Education Association (NEA) has proposed a new system of different career paths of Novice Teacher, Professional Teacher, and Master Teacher. That’s promising.

The NEA plan begins with creating a new organization that will be called the National Council for the Teaching Profession (NCTP). This new group will establish national standards for teacher preparation programs, teacher educators, teacher evaluation, and advancement within the profession. One supposes that once this group determines standards for being a Professional Teacher or a Master Teacher, local districts or states would attach a salary to that certification. New Mexico has used a similar approach to compensation for several years.

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