As Teachers Fight For More Pay, Celebrities Get Paid Millions

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.

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About Audra L.

Audra L. is an author, columnist and community activist who's dedicated to finding truth through research and effective communication. She received her degree in Public Policy and teaches Community Development, Public Speaking and Communications Law to youth throughout the nation. She is the recipient of over 23 awards and honors for her commitment to community outreach initiatives.

6 comments

  1. This comparison makes absolutely NO CENTS. The government pays the salary of educators while the private sector-businesses, such as team owners, movie owners— pay the entertainment figures. What a ridiculous comparison. With your reasoning, medical doctors should make a much greater income, as not only do they go to school, like forever, but save lives, almost playing “God”, yet lawyers, and how they are sort of law manipulators (liars) to fit their client earn tons of money. But you see teachers didn’t select to go into these fields. A doctor doesn’t go into medicine to make money, because all factors put together (eduction and the never ending studying and learning, hours, and life or death decisions) don’t make that much yet give up a lot of their time. Teachers make a fine salary and only work for nine months a year. Please rethink your comparison.

    • Absolutely. Compare their pay to our soldiers and the hours worked.

    • I agree the comparison is silly. Millions of people make less pay than teachers or celebrities. In illinois they can’t pay the outrageous teacher pensions, I am sure teachers want more pay but then who doesn’t?

      • Exactly! In 2011 I worked with a retired teacher who was receiving $70,000/year as her pension. My daughter-in-law has taught elementary classes (1st grade) for only 12 years – she is currently paid $71,000/year. Not bad for 9 months work. These are both in Ohio, which is a fairly conservative state and a reasonable cost of living (I manage on $725/month social security!).

  2. I’m not sure why this article was published in the *Conservative* Mom.

    The pay of celebrities is determined by the free market.

    The pay of teachers is determined by the government. Put teaching where it belongs (i.e. in the free market) and teachers will surely earn more. Good teachers will earn more than bad teachers. And the best teachers may indeed earn as much, or more, than celebrities do today. But they may not. And if so, so be it. To suggest that teachers “should” not be paid so much less than celebrities is a point of view of a central planner and a statist, not of a conservative. There is no price that “should” be the right one, there is only the price determined by the market, and it is what it is.

  3. The average salary of public school teachers in 2015–16 for the State of California was $77,179.
    The teachers union AFCIO is like the mafia. There pensions are the highest in the State.
    According to the California Teachers Association, the average monthly pension is $3,300, or $39,600 a year. However, reading CNN, the average teacher salary in California is $68,000 a year. Ask the Los Angeles Timesand we get the average teacher retiring with $48,000. That’s $4,000 per month. Who in the he’ll gets that kind of pension?  By 2012 just 80 of California’s ~1,000 districts provided any teachers with lifetime health benefits. Some districts and unions have been slow to drop these elements from their agreements, and now find themselves grappling with significant unfunded liabilities. Think if that they don’t pay for medical when the retire. I believe, there is a $70 Billion pension defect in California. Who ends up paying for it, taxpayers. The legislators raise or sales tax and lie and say it’s for the children and schools, they raise gasoline and car registration. Then, there’s law enforcement, fire dept., State and County workers pensions. It “unsustainable and will crash the California economy “

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