That’s right—the real cost of education is far higher than we’ve been told, but it’s not because of extra classroom resources or newer facilities. It’s because of teachers’ pensions.The beef seems to be, really, that states are "hiding" the true amount of that pension figure. I understand Heritage wants accuracy in reporting the figures. They aren't suggesting teachers shouldn't get pensions, but the tone of the piece was unsettling.
I'm all for transparency but I'm sure sick of people beating up on teachers.
When I retire after thirty years in the classroom my retirement take home pay will be well under $3,000 per month.
I realize each state is different in how pension plans are structured, but in my state I contribute to my pension monthly. I don't pay into Social Security but I pay the same percentage into my pension plan.
What bothers me most, I think, about this Heritage post is the vicious comments about greedy, lazy teachers in the comments. I know...NEVER read the comments. I can't help myself. It's like watching a train wreck.
One comment by someone named Thomas says:
"I'm so tired of you teachers comparing yourselves to people who in their jobs risk their lives. You risk spilled coffee. Look at the numbers, as a teacher this should be an easy task for you. Standard test scores are in a free fall. Children who are graduating today some of them can't even read. You teachers have abandoned the kids for your Unions and the income you can get along with golden benefits..."
He goes on, but you get the idea. Obviously Thomas has never taught school.
The unions are a problem, more so in some states than in others. But not all teachers are part of the NEA. Not all teachers are union. I dropped my NEA membership when I found out that part of my dues were going to support Barack Obama's re-election whether I liked it or not.
The general idea that teachers follow like lemmings into some group-think liberal indoctrination of our children is just ridiculous.
I think if we are so concerned about what states are spending education dollars on, we need to really look at where that money goes. Too often, nationwide, it goes to systems top heavy in administrators and bloated central office staff, or to staffing positions that have nothing to do with educating children and are redundant to jobs already in place.
How many billions of dollars are going to implementing this new Common Core curriculum which is already replete with problems? New training, new textbooks, new testing...there's a whole industry out there related to Common Core now.
If the federal government would get out of the education business we would all be better off.
And quit beating up on teachers, for crying out loud, and don't begrudge teachers their pension. Trust me, it's not all that much.