With shootings in public schools continuously being the headlines in the news, many people think that choosing to be a teacher is becoming an increasingly dangerous job to choose. In addition to having teachers are paid more money because of the risk that they take in becoming a teacher.
All of these factors are beginning to become more relevant in our society and within our school districts when hiring new teachers but has not become largely popular with funding.
In order to become a teacher you must complete a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and receive your teaching credentials from an accredited University. Others move onto more schooling and receive their Master’s or Doctoral degree so they can teach in higher education. With the growing cost of receiving a degree, most students graduate college with tens of thousands of dollars in debt and then expected to start paying it back within months.
This is a problem that is becoming more relevant, especially with teachers because of the average starting salary being so low, sitting around $39,000. This doesn’t include how much they actually get paid after taxes of course.
With the risk of becoming a teacher here in the United States becoming worse, the amount of teachers within the marketplace is becoming fewer. This is making it harder to find qualified teachers that are willing to be paid less than they are worth. In all reality teachers do deserve to make more money than they currently are. Our society has it flipped around with where money is being allocated.
While our teachers are educating the adults of our future and making very low salaries, we continue to pump more money into entertainment such as sports, music and movies.
In no means do they not deserve what they are making but the society needs to begin to shift their focus on our soldiers in the classroom that are creating the society of tomorrow and keeping our kids out of trouble. Eventually, if the risk of being a teacher continues to grow we will see a larger shortage of teachers; this could be changed with offering better salaries and safer environment.