It is time to concentrate in the teachers income. As I mentioned in a previous conversation done in the subject of “constructive education“, to promise the creation of a better education system, some fundamental changes are required.
Education is a big and complicated subject. For the sake of promising a real and countable change, the field of education need to be seen as to two different branch, that require separate reforms. The first is related to the fundamental ideas behind education and the second is related to how we are passing the information to the young generation.
The education of our young generation, is done by teachers in public and private institutions around the world. It is a demanding and exhausting profession. It requires constant concentration, patient, self-motivation and belief in the cause. To maintain such a capacity for a long period (more than 30 years), a system of rewards is needed.
In the case of education, except the obvious reward related to the self satisfaction of taking part in helping kids and adolescence growing to become a better version of themselves, I find that two other reward systems are needed for the sake of promising that the right term are given to teachers during their career. A fair amount of respect from the parent and a good income.
The salaries of teachers is a problematic subject. It is not a secret that the wages of the educational sector are low or insufficient to one life. As you will see in the list bellow, the subject requires a serious reform worldwide.
The list above compares the average salary of a teacher to its local market in 28 countries. This information represents the statistics of 2015. I did not manage to find more recent statistics, but I’m sure no big difference have been made.
As you can see, in the majority of the countries the salary of a teacher after 10 years of experience, is lower than the average income of its country of residence. Only 8 countries are giving to their teachers a salary that is at least 10% higher than the national average. Not having enough income, is without a doubt a good reason to lose one patient or lose motivation.
The job of teaching our young population is one of the most important jobs in our societies. I truly believe that teacher should get higher salaries. It’s incredible to know that advisers, bankers, sales person and politician get higher income than teachers.
There is many ways to free funds for the sake of increasing teachers salary. for example, we can lower the politician salaries or increase the profit taxes for cooperation’s that are doing big profits (many companies exists). Those are only two out of many ways that are available for the sake of creating such a change in our current economy. It is a matter of prioritization of our government and our society.
For the creation of a better educational system, a change need to be done not only in the philosophy of what we are teaching the young generation. A parallel change need to be done in the way we approach and evaluate our teaching sector. Those are the two polls holding our educational system. fixing one without the other will not bring us the result we are searching for. Our future is in the hand of our young generation. Their future is determined by the educational system of our days. Is there something more meaningful and important than that?
Please share with me your opinion. Awareness and open conversation are the key for the creation of a better future.
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