Your thread title is a LIE.
There is a huge difference between SALARY and COMPENSATION. Were you being deliberately misleading, or are you just anxious to bash teachers?
The video states that the average teachers salary is $56.500, not $100,000 plus.
To go in the sequence of the video:
The average per capita income in 2006-2008, note here that he is comparing data from 3 years ago to present time, in Milwaukee was $19,092. Further
note that by placing a per capita (single person, including not just earners but everyone figure first, it sticks more in the viewer's mid when
compared to 100K. This is a shift in comparison designed to confuse the issue. To be a proper comparison, you'd need to divide the total of teacher
salaries by the number of pepole in teachers families. For instance a married teacher with a spouse and two children would have a per capita income of
$14,105, so the teachers are actually making less
per capita than the average.
The median family income, not the average, is next presented as a throwaway line before moving on quickly. Turns out the median
In probability theory and statistics, a median is described as the numeric value separating the higher half of a sample, a population, or a
probability distribution, from the lower half. The median of a finite list of numbers can be found by arranging all the observations from lowest value
to highest value and picking the middle one. If there is an even number of observations, then there is no single middle value; the median is then
usually defined to be the mean of the two middle values.
income for the area was $42,950. Comparing the median to the average
An average is a single value that is meant to typify a list of values. If all the numbers in the list are the same, then this number should be
used. If the numbers are not the same, the average is calculated by combining the values from the set in a specific way and computing a single number
as being the average of the set. The most common method is the arithmetic mean but there are many other types of central tendency, such as median
(which is used most often when the distribution of the values is skewed with some small numbers of very high values, as seen with house prices or
is usually used when you don't want a clear comparison. But still, $56,500 compares well with $42,950 as not excessive for the amount invested in
schooling, degrees, and ongoing training.
Next is salary plus benefits: $100,005 in 2011, falling to $95,316 next year. Sounds like teachers are already giving back.
Performance issues are complex, but economic distress always effects children's abilities to focus due to hunger, stress, and anxiety. Kids aren't
oblivious to the world around them. Graduation rates have more to do with disillusionment than anything else. Think about it for minute:
If you were a freshaman is high school or college in 2007, how many of your freinds are now working in a good job? What are the chances you
have a job? What are the chances that most of the people you went to school with have never been able to find steady work?
This mess isn't due to excessive teacher pay or teacher incompetence.
It is about business failure and incompetence. Businessmen ran for office with narrow objectives, ignorant of the larger view, unwilling to learn,
determined to "run government like a business", and have run every damn one of them into the ground, just like most businesses. That's what comes of a
culture who is used to building their businesses with other people's money rather than their own savings and earnings. People who walk away golden
from failure after failure, blaming "market conditions", labor, anything but their own incompetence.
I have as much faith in the business class as I do the priestly one: guilty of fraud at least til proven innocent.
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