Readers are lighting up the comments section on this one regarding a comment made by "that one." (Note to John McCain: please try to remember your opponent's name next time.)
Even among well-informed Flypaper followers there is a great amount of disagreement regarding just how much teachers earn. So let me admit that it's a bit unfair to expect a presidential candidate to get these particular facts straight. In fact, Barack Obama is in the mainstream when he talks about a teacher making $30,000 to $35,000 a year. A recent Education Next article based on a national poll showed that most Americans think teachers average $33,000 per year, when the actual amount is $47,000.
Of course, as one colleague expressed to me, these figures don't include the generous pensions that teachers receive--pensions that are buffeted from the current turmoil in the market and which most private-sector employees no longer see.
I think we can all agree, however, that many teachers are underpaid. The key question is: which ones? It's going to be hard in the current fiscal climate (really, any fiscal climate) to dramatically raise salaries across the board. It would be smarter to...