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From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun

From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Teacher Appreciation” featured photo. Place unknown. Probably a Kindergarten or Special Education teacher insturcting a student. According to the US Census Bureau Facts for Features, as of 2004, there were 6.2 million teachers in the US and the 71% of which were women. The national average for annual salary for public elementary and secondary school teachers was $44,700; With the highest average of $54,300 in California and the lowest of $31,300 in South Dakota. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”   —   Jacques Barzun

(I think, here in the United States, part of the problem may be in the demonization of the teacher’s unions.  As a progressive liberal, with a more than a modicum of libertarian views, I’ve always been in favor of labor unions.  But, that being said, there is also the problem of too much of a good thing.  Many many educators are underpaid, but many educators make very good money these days, and there is just  a lot of stuff tied up with the issue of tenure.  Sometimes things designed to be a kind of safeguard can end up strangling the system.  I’ll always be pro-teacher, and pro-union, but some of the – for lack of a better word – excesses need to be re-evaluated and adjusted.  The same goes for cops and civil servants, what have you.  Judge teachers as you’d judge anyone else, on an individual basis.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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