Teachers Get Paid Too Much


“I’m fed up with teachers and their hefty salary schedules. What we need here is a little perspective.

If I had my way, I’d pay these teachers myself-I’d pay them baby-sitting wages. That’s right-I’d rather give them $3 an hour out of my own pocket than pay my outrageous taxes.  I’m only going to pay them for five hours, not lunch or coffee breaks. That would be $15.00 a day. Each parent should pay $15 a day for these teachers to babysit their child. Even if they have more than one child, it’s still a lot cheaper than private daycare.

Now, how many children do they teach every day-maybe 20?  That’s $15×20=$300 a day.  But remember they only work 180 days a year! I’m not going to pay them for vacations! $300×180=$54,000. (Just a minute, I think my calculator needs new batteries.)

I know you teachers will say-What about those who have  10 years experience and a Master’s Degree? Well, maybe (to be fair) they could get the minimum wage, and instead of just babysitting, they could read the kids a story. We could round that off to about $5 an hour, times five hours, times 20 children. That’s $500 a day times 180 days. That’s $90,000….HUH?

Wait a minute, let’s get a little perspective here. Babysitting wages are too good for these teachers. Has anyone seen a salary schedule around here?”


WOW!  I like the way this person thinks!  May I get Babysitting Wages please?  I have 15 students in my class and Babysitting Wages would pay me $40,500 a year?  Is this first year salary?  I won’t see this much for many years, unless of course I do finish up my Master’s Degree anytime soon.  And the difference I do receive for my Master’s won’t pay off that tuition for many many more years to come.  I vote YES to teachers receiving Babysitting Wages!  Please vote now!


12 Responses

  1. YES,YES,YES! great view! Got my vote!


  2. Mercedes, I’m touched! Thanks so much for putting me on your Blog Surfing list! Loved your post; ties in quite nicely to what I said on my own post in regards to ‘warm fuzzies’ being a fine substitute for an adequate teaching salary. NOT! Hey, have a lovely week back with your kindergarten kiddos. My own group is really settling in and we are starting to have that comfortable, ‘we’re in this together’ feel.

    Hey teresa!
    I so wish my group this year had that ‘we’re in this together’ feel. We are so not there yet. Difficult year-still praying. You have a great week too!

  3. It’s ironic isn’t it? That teachers don’t even make babysitting fees. I have a friend who is a teacher and she had to get a master’s to get a pay raise and then it was only to about 40K a year. Rock stars make bagillions and teachers make squat, go figure.

    You said it!

  4. I’m glad you’ve updated your blog, Mercedes! I like reading what you’re thinking about and getting to know you better. I only make $2 an hour as a caretaker, for the record. It sucks.

    I tagged you. If you want to participate in the meme, the rules are on my blog. 🙂 If you don’t want to participate I promise my cyber feelings won’t be hurt.

    Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment! Woohoo~I’m it!

  5. It is nice to see an update to know you are okay! I like this post!

    Thanks for caring!

  6. Hey girl, Good thing we are here, I can just see me letting kids name a teddy bear and getting arrested in another country, in reference to Sudan. LOL!

    No Doubt!

  7. I remember reading this when I was a teacher. I LOVED it! Babysitting came so close to defining my last class. More like crowd control, maybe… and with 27 kids in my class, I would have made a fortune! LOL

    I couldn’t even imagine 27 Kindergarteners! And I am definitely the babysitter to about 2/3 of my class-this year. Definitely my test year-lol!

  8. Daisy, you weren’t kindergarten were you? I was thinking you taught 3rd grade. Nonetheless, 27 kids – OUCH!

    No doubt!

  9. Thanks Mercedes, I appreciate you adding Strappity-do-da to your shopping list. Here is a promo code: gomag. It will get you and your friends 15% off their purchase. Have a Happy New Year!!!

    Thank you, Kathie!

  10. teachers have gone to college for 4 years min., they have 21 kids in their classes and they work most of their hours while the kids aren’t there- lesson planning, grading papers, ect. teaching is not a part time job, it is a career and most of the taxes do not pay them but go to well-fare or what ever goverment support is needed to those people who are to lazy to accually work. (like you) teachers don’t get half as much as they deserve after all they do not babysit they have to teach and meet certain laws and standards

  11. I have 125 student come through my classroom doors each day. I would be rich using your logic.
    I like your train of thought.

  12. UMM OKAY –
    teachers work extremely hard to help snobby bratty children that don’t do anything they are supposed to. I think teachers should get paid more, without them, kids would be almost as stupid as their parents. We don’t need more stupidity do we? Just take a step into a teacher’s shoes. I know from experience, TEACHING IS NOT BABYSITTING. Teachers are educators for the future, & they often are overlooked as inferior and unimportant. They do so much to help children, & they even impact their life sometimes for the better.

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