From TN Edu Independent:
TNTP is out with a good report on why the teaching profession's antiquated step and ladder pay system doesn't cut it any more.
You can read it here: http://tntp.org/assets/documents/TNTP_Shortchanged_2014.pdf
They identify a number of problems that are accurate, and that need to change, but I want to explicitly add something to the conversation. Many of the solutions that TNTP suggests I think will make a difference, and they get at this idea, but I think many of their proposals won't fully address the underlying structural issue as to why teachers don't earn more: If we want to pay teachers more, we need fewer of them.
If we think about the supply/demand economics of the labor pool of teachers, we have far too great a supply than there is demand.
- Learning disabilities (265 permissions)
- Developmental disabilities (145 permissions)
- Early childhood special education (91 permissions)
- English as a second language (86 permissions)
- Mathematics (78 permissions)
- School psychologist (66 permissions)
- Spanish (64 permissions)
- Physics (50 permissions)
- Developmental/adapted physical education (45 permissions)
- Chemistry (43 permissions)
- K–6 elementary
- Physical education
- Social studies (high school and grades 5–8)
- Communication arts and literature (high school and grades 5–8)
They have very rigorous entrance standards for teacher training colleges. Only the top high school graduates get in to teacher training colleges and the programs are rigorous. This serves to keep a check on their labor supply of teachers. Here in America, to get into a teacher training college, you basically need to be able to spell your name, have a low GPA, and a low ACT or SAT score (that's a simplistic generalization and not all teacher training colleges are like this).
It's high time in American public education this happen, because 1. our students need better teachers, and 2. teachers deserve to be paid more for the incredibly hard work they put into their profession each day.