DO THEY DESERVE IT?
We don’t get why so many teachers at government-run schools in South Carolina are slavishly beholden to the state’s failed status quo.
Don’t they care about their students?
Sure, we understand some of them are just terrible human beings who love the fact that there is absolutely zero competition in this “marketplace” (and thus zero risk of them ever losing their jobs or being held remotely accountable for the academic outcomes they produce).
But aren’t a lot of them good people? Who are trying their best? Often against the system?
In fact we know of one former government-run school teacher (who is now enjoying a very successful career in the private sector) who loved her kids so much she’d have taught them for free.
Unfortunately for her, though, she was one of those pesky common sense academics – one who believed in actually educating the children entrusted to her care as opposed to wringing every last dollar out of them in pursuit of mindless bureaucratic expansion.
She’s a dying breed in other words … and obviously she wasn’t long for the government system.
Palmetto State school teachers – under the auspices of the liberal National Education Association (NEA) – have started a petition alleging that they are paid “less than almost any state in the Southeast.” As a result, “teachers are quitting and retiring faster than they can be replaced.”
“In the end, it’s our kids who lose out when talented people leave (or never start) teaching,” reads the plea, which is hosted on the left-leaning Change.org.
We have no doubt many school teachers are not compensated at a level they deserve. But again … this is a system which doles out six-figure severance packages to incompetent bureaucrats.
And builds massive cathedrals of failure (whether they are needed or not).
Is it any wonder such a system doesn’t have sufficient cash laying around to pay teachers what they are worth?
(Or … does it).
Good teachers deserve to be paid what they are worth … and one of the ironies of this discussion is that in a market-based system (the sort of system S.C. governor Nikki Haley and “Republicans” in the S.C. General Assembly are fighting against) they would be paid what they are worth.
But again, this is South Carolina … where those in power would rather continue to double down each year (here and here) on the same corrupt, inefficient, unaccountable system that has been failing generations of students for decades.
And continue to receive nothing but pats on the back for their treachery …