Our Teachers are Overpaid? Try hiring a babysitter!

“It seems that many people are getting greedy. Including the politicians, cops and teachers” —Anonymous.

This is a comment on the latest poll about teachers deserving a pay rise. I am all for diversity of opinion but I would just like to refute this statement unequivocally with a simple example.

Mathematics is often something that confounds me, but on this occasion it proves quite useful for showing how grossly underpaid teachers are. That they are concurrently undervalued is also demonstrated by the widespread opinion of people like the person who made the above comment.

Let’s take the most minimalist value for teachers. Let’s say that teachers are nothing more than glorified babysitters and for now say nothing of the value of the knowledge they impart on our children. Let’s also take the smallest possible family, with only one child.

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