In Hillsborough County teachers are taking their fight for higher pay to court, all while teachers from Los Angeles to New York are complaining about the lack of raises and inability to be paid what they are worth.
If you doubt that this is true, simply Google “teachers fight for higher pay” and see the plethora of news articles that come up. Teachers who put in valuable time educating our children are struggling to move the pay scale from a measly $30,000 per year while sports figures and actors get paid millions.
Movie stars and money
It was recently shared that Scarlett Johansson leads the ranking of highest-paid female celebrities with a whopping $40.5 million in pretax earnings between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, according to Forbes.
She was followed by Angelina Jolie who brought in over $28 million in one year. It seemingly goes downhill from there—poor them—with Reese Witherspoon only making a mere $16.5 million. The male celebrities make even more than the females, so you can only imagine what their annual salaries must look like.
Sports figures and their financial figures
Forbes shared the fact that boxing champ Floyd Mayweather received $275 million for only one fight. Mayweather was followed, of course, by soccer player Ronaldo and golf champ Tiger Woods—who all made over $3.8 billion in one year collectively!
Teacher’s don’t suck…just their pay
The numbers don’t lie, unfortunately. We are looking at something that goes much deeper than pay within our society.
The discrepancy in pay reveals the fact that our society values entertainment over education, and we are all guilty of playing a role in this atrocity. We are telling our children that they should value their education and do all that they can to learn, grow, and become pillars of our society. Then, in the blink of an eye, we show them that this is far from the truth when we fail to support the very teachers that are responsible for preparing them for the world as we know it.
We tell our children one thing but show them through our dollars that what we value is something that has nothing to do with the preparation of tomorrow. Instead, we value those things that help us to forget our present moment, and that keep us living in a world of make-believe. Are we showing children, through our actions, that the only thing that truly matters is that thing outside of ourselves that we can’t control? Are we telling them through our dollars that teachers don’t matter, and if so, are we adversely saying that education doesn’t matter, as well?
Mommy, I wanna play ball!
Living in a world of make-believe can truly create a fog that makes it hard to decipher reality. We love to laugh at comedic jokes, cheer for our favorite team, and cry when the hero gets the girl—yet we lose our minds when our children confess their desire to become actors, rappers, or ball players. We tell them that this dream of stardom can’t happen because they would be in a world competing with millions of others who dream the same dream.
Then, we attempt to push the concept of their becoming a lawyer, doctor, or Indian chief just so that we can smile with joy when they walk across the stage at graduation. At some point, we must wake up from this nightmare of a dream so that we can save our children from reliving our experiences. If we truly care about our future, and the future of our children, we must shift our values and give our teachers what they need to continue educating our young ones.
When our nation’s teachers are forced to fight for more pay, we run the risk of having their frustrations being taken out on our children. It’s time to stop the madness and place value where it belongs. If we can’t do it for ourselves, let’s do it for the future of our children’s education.