Thanks To The Social Wealth Hierarchy, Teachers Are Now Part Of An Unjust Manipulation

Thanks To The Social Wealth Hierarchy, Teachers Are Now Part Of An Unjust Manipulation

It's time for teachers to be paid the amount they deserve.

Other than our parents and friends, teachers interact with students greater than any other adult on a daily basis. For eight hours a day of compulsory education, five days a week and additional hours for grading, teachers are paid a mere average of $50,000.

However, for the unfortunate batch of educators who just started teaching or live in poorer districts, the starting amount barely tips $31,000. While New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts offer the highest salaries of $72,000, those states require greater pay for a higher quality of living, thus teachers are supported with one of the bare minimum of wages in comparison to the nature of the occupation.

Their salaries pale in the face of doctors, lawyers and even university professors who earn over $100,000 annually. In exchange for America's future education, teachers are simply not paid enough, all thanks to the manipulative social hierarchy.

At school as the semester nears an end, I only feel that 3/7 teachers put in their best effort into teaching the subject. While my history teachers strongly cram the entire period with extra lectures, packets and debates, others seem to pass with a short and pointless video along with a page of busy work. Which is truly worth my time? The latter, certainly not. Thus, the teachers who actually put in the work are paid the same amount as those who do not, and where is the justification in that?

While many value to level of education as a second standard of living, the highly educated men and women should be at the top, earning the most money with the experienced profession, such as that of a doctor, lawyer or businessmen? Teachers are the epitome of educational achievement, yet where do they stand?

To the hard working and passionate teachers, I applaud and appreciate. The countless hours of work placed into meticulously grading our papers and coming up with lesson plans are forever cherished by students. To those who are less willing and less initiated to put in more effort, I sympathize. The future of America is placed within their hands in areas of math, language arts, science and humanities, yet the government and sponsors lack the compassion and appreciation.

The number of teacher cuts are high, cramming more students into a single classroom and depriving students of valuable one-on-one interaction. Commonly seen are classrooms brimming with 32 or more students while other subjects of study ensure a better student-teacher ratio with a lacking number of 13. The uneven distribution of students per teachers also affects the performance of classes, which is reflected in teacher surveys, eventually determining the absence bonuses at the end of the year.

While urban areas act as attractive forces for high paying jobs, the statistics seem to reflect just the opposite. Many teachers in public counties are subjected to higher crime rates, larger students ratios and greater volume of opportunities; however, 30 percent are leaving the profession within their first five years in protest of the uneven distribution of salaries across the country. Shortages are rampant as teaching conditions deteriorate, placing more unqualified candidates in schools, subsequently lowering the quality of education students are receiving, especially in high poverty areas.

By raising the average wage of teachers to over $60,000, we may be able to close the ever widening wage gap. The liberation of budget-tight jobs for highly educated workers is simply a silly paradox. While many pursue a greater education to earn a better degree for a higher-paying job, those who have attained such status are neglected of the same sustaining salary than that of a specialized worker. This must be changed. How?

Through action, not words.

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An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.

To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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