A short column whose headline irritated me, but had me convinced by the end. This needs to happen.
Let’s Pay Teachers the Same Wage as Babysitters
by Zachary Baehr
Since school teachers are really just glorified babysitters, let’s just pay teachers the going rate for babysitting.
Let’s pay them $3 an hour per kid, and they work 8-4, with a half-hour lunch. After all, why should we pay them for ‘planning’ or to eat?
So that’s 7.5 working hours a day, and an elementary teacher works with about 20 kids a day.
So $3 X 7.5 hours a day X 20 kids = $450.00.
And I’m sure not paying them for weekends (more ‘planning’) and I’m sure not paying them for summers off for ‘training’ or advanced ‘education,’ so really, we are only going to pay them for 180 days a year.
So $450.00 X 180 = $81,000.
And just to be nice, if you have a master’s degree, I’ll give you $4.00 an hour.
That means we are going to pay teachers/babysitters $80,000 to $108,000 a year.
And not a penny more!