Keeping teachers in their place in Alabama

| March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Teacher professionalism is under attack in Alabama, USA, where State Senator Shadrack McGill has said that paying teachers better salaries will make them less competent.

Predicating his logic on what he called a “biblical principle”, McGill opined that “if you double a teacher’s pay scale, you’ll attract people who aren’t called to teach… and these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It’s just in them to do. It’s the ability that God gives ‘em.”

The national average starting salary for an American teacher is US$39 000. US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has joined the throng of voices that call for better pay for educators. Duncan asserts that teachers should receive salaries starting at US$60 000.

Category: Autumn 2012

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