The news from the Brookings Institute isn’t just that American teachers are underpaid–it’s how underpaid they are. American teachers’ salaries would need a boost of almost 80% to catch up with Luxembourg, and more than 20% to catch up to cash-strapped Greece.
Author Dick Startz anticipates the reaction to this news: “Yes, but teachers aren’t in it for money.”
“…Iâ€™ve noticed that the people who say that teachers teach for love are quite often themselves very good teachers. Indeed, itâ€™s hard to imagine someone who teaches well who doesnâ€™t like their students. However, itâ€™s very easy to imagine many, many potential teachersâ€”who would also love their students just as muchâ€”who have made the decision to forego a teaching career in order to better provide for their family.”