Why I Believe North Carolina Teachers Are Underpaid And Underappreciated
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Why I Believe North Carolina Teachers Are Underpaid And Underappreciated

Get it together, North Carolina.

102
Why I Believe North Carolina Teachers Are Underpaid And Underappreciated
your e cards

Though I am a freshman in college, I still have very vivid memories of attending public school in North Carolina. However, what I most recall is not the clothes I wore or the grade I made on my EOG, it was the teachers who influenced who I am today.

It was my first grade teacher who gave me an award for being a super helper in the classroom, my second grade teacher who helped me love the Magic Treehouse series and my sixth grade math teacher who helped me realize that math did not have to make me cry. Moving forward, in high school, many of my teachers left a lasting imprint on me that helped me choose my university and career path today. They went beyond the call of duty to make lasting relationships and to even ask me how my day was going. The most important aspect of this all, is that they taught me lessons that I could have never learned in my home. I was raised in a blessed family, but there are lessons I could never have learned from them or anyone else. I learned profound things from my teachers, the ones who worked long hours after they left the school and made sure I was knowledgeable about so many important things.

What baffles me, though, is why their jobs are not as valued as those involved in other professions. My physician may have cured my common colds, but she definitely never asked me every single morning how I was doing or ever taught me how to properly write a paper. Why is it though, that the people who help form doctors, don't get paid as much as them? Some students learn in their high school Civics and Economics class that they want to work in congress, yet the teacher who instilled that passion in them will make roughly one-third of their salary; despite their hard-earned job or many years of experience. This is simply not OK.

Teachers work diligently in college to teach children the fundamentals of their rapidly impressionable knowledge. They choose to invest themselves in our future AKA the children who will one day lead our country -- and this is not enough of a reason to compensate them? After all, they spend more time with children than some parents do. In a typical weekday, a teacher may spend ten hours in the classroom doing schoolwork and three hours outside the classroom grading papers and making lesson plans. That leaves 11 hours for them to spend with their family and take care of personal things, not including the recommended eight hours of sleep that is necessary. That leaves a mere three hours in a day for them to have dinner and help their own family, and you're telling me that $30,000 starting salary is enough compensation? They should not have to move out of state, sacrifice their passions, work two jobs or drain themselves to learn a new profession just to be properly paid for their hard work.

I don't have to be a teacher to appreciate them. I've been heavily influenced by my past teachers, and I notice the daily challenges they face. They deal with things beyond just the subject they teach -- like personally investing themselves in a child who doesn't have a home or in the child who has severe discipline problems. They have taught me lessons that other highly paid professionals could have never taught me. They barely make enough money annually to comfortably support their family, despite their qualifications and passion for influencing children and helping them prepare for the working world. Their salary can't be justified by test scores. For these reasons, North Carolina, I'm asking you to get it together.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

5 Cakes You Need to Try This Winter

Spending the winter trying different cakes can be a great way to combat seasonal depression. Lift the spirits of your entire family by trying these five cakes.

7331
Try This Winter

The winter can be a dull time spent indoors with very little change. But, it doesn't have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to spice up your daily routine, and dessert is one of them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty."

85150
Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty." But if you're thinking about becoming a defense attorney, it's not this pretty simple. Defense lawyers argue that their clients are innocent because they don't want their actions to seem suspect in any way. They essentially say for the sake of the argument itself. If you're trying to decide whether or not becoming a defense attorney is something you would like to do, here are five reasons why it's worth considering:

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

What Everyone Should Know About Online Degrees

Nowadays, many working adults, high school graduates, and retired lifelong learners are choosing to advance their careers, lives, and personal knowledge by completing school at home.

190008
Online Degrees

The rising popularity of online college and graduate school degrees has completely changed the face of education and student life. It's no longer necessary to pack up all your belongings and head off to a distant locale in order to earn a diploma. Nowadays, many working adults, high school graduates, and retired lifelong learners are choosing to advance their careers, lives, and personal knowledge by completing school at home.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

What I am thankful for

I am saying one thing that I am thankful each day for until Thanksgiving. You try it to it will bring you joy.

143936
It's Thanksgiving time
Element5 Digital

November 1st, I am thankful for God and Jesus. I put my faith in them, they protect and help me through the happy and the sad in life. I could not imagine a world without them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Chatting with the Iron Boy Himself Arthur Bozikas

Arthur Bozikas has penned a memoir that is heart-breaking and gutsy, as well as being full of hope and gratitude. This book is guaranteed to lift up readers and have them believing in the resilience and transcendence of the human spirit, making it a must read for years to come.

93567
Arthur Bozikas

Arthur Bozikas has penned a memoir that is heart-breaking and gutsy, as well as being full of hope and gratitude. This book is guaranteed to lift up readers and have them believing in the resilience and transcendence of the human spirit, making it a must read for years to come.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments