So, one theme that has cropped up in the current round of teacher hating is that teachers are just “glorified babysitters” or something like that.
But what if teachers were babysitters?
Most childcare sites recommend $8-12 an hour for childcare. But let’s say that because many teachers teach in areas where incomes tend to be lower, let’s say that childcare only costs $4 an hour per child — lower than the minimum wage.
Now, let’s say that you have multiple children. Let’s say you raise the rate with direct proportionality (although frankly, anyone who has ever tried to maintain the attention of kids knows that this rate should probably go up exponentially).
The average elementary school class size is about 20 students. (For what it’s worth, when I was teaching high school, I had between 26 and 30 students in my classes.) That gives us an hourly rate of 4*20 dollars an hour, or $80 an hour.
Assuming that the average American school day is about 6.5 hours (Excel file) (considering no grading, lesson planning, etc.). That’s 80*6.5 dollars per day, or $520 per day.
Assuming the typical American school year of 180 days (although most districts are planning on extending this), that’s 520*180 dollars per year, or $93,600 per year.
The median American elementary school teacher makes… $50,510.
The American people are getting a steal here! Almost half-price! And you only expect the babysitter to keep kids from chewing up the furniture, not actually teach the kids anything!
I get why the right (and the education reform movement) is demonizing teachers, but saying that teachers are overpaid by comparing them to other childcare workers is a silly argument.