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Today’s soapbox: Teachers lament near poverty pay and lack of respect

Your soapbaoxTwo more educators have submitted their stories over at the new and enormously popular NC Policy Watch feature: “Your Soapbox.”

In this post, “Broken Dream,” a teacher explains in stark terms how barely-above-poverty wages may force the abandonment of a lifelong dram and commitment to the profession that began as a child:

“When I started Kindergarten, it was clear to my parents that I was a born teacher. I was thrilled to be learning to read, write and do math, but was most excited to come home and show my younger brother what we did in school that day. Countless hours were spent playing “school” as I shared with my brother what I loved the most, learning. There was never a question as to what I would do. Never a hesitation, or second thought….

If something doesn’t change soon, I will leave education, my dream job, for my family. Not because I’m tired of grading, or dealing with discipline problems, or fed up with testing, observations, coverages, duties or parents. It will be because I can’t live on a teacher’s salary.”

Read the rest of this post by clicking here.

In this post, “Pay is not the only issue,” a veteran teacher who left the profession explains the frustration that comes with poor student behavior and lack of respect:

“Low pay was not my reason for leaving. Lack of respect and not being treated like a professional were at the top of my list. I also disliked the lack of accountability for students. There was little to no consequences for poor behavior, and we were told not to retain failing students ( or even give them failing grades).”

Read the rest of this post by clicking here and all of the “Your Soapbox” submissions by clicking here.

4 Comments


  1. GOP Rules

    November 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Add on top of all this the burden of common core, ever expanding and changing “programs” that do no good other than add administrators to the payroll…thus taking the pay that would go to teachers. Political correctness that keeps you pushing the failing students along, mixing classes of students that need more challenge and students that cannot keep up.

  2. Alan

    November 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    GOP Rules,

    When was the last time you ever set foot in a classroom? Home schools don’t count…

  3. Alex

    November 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Why are we paying ridiculous salaries to Community college administrators ? In some cases they are making close to a half million dollars a year. Totally obscene !

  4. Alan

    November 25, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Alex, do you have data that backs up your “half a million dollars a year” for community college admins?

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