MPG Posted: May 6, 2007 11:32 PM >A show of hands for all the folks here who think that a >great way to get rich in the US is to go into public >education, in particular as a teacher. > >And while legislators routinely vote themselves salary >increases, while corporate executives don't even need >to vote, I must have missed the part where I got to >arbitrarily increase my salary when working in K-12 >public education. Or even at the college or graduate >school level.
Okay, well this is progress of a sort. So, Michael, you will be satisifed with the financial arrangements for our schools when (a) teachers can vote their own salaries and, (b) teachers can get rich teaching.
Anybody you know who works like this? Police and fire? Small business owners? Factory workers? Insurance adjusters? Bank branch managers and their staffs? Lawyers? Accountants? Mechanics?
Really, I could go on, but I suspect even you get the point: nobody votes himself whatever salary he likes. Even politicans. Precisely because they can vote their own salaries, in practice this means that politicians' salaries tend to lag significantly. Consider that The President of The United States, the CEO of the most enormous enterprise on earth (3rd largest population, first largest economy, Commander In Chief, global interests, responsible for hundreds of departments and agencies employing nearly 2 million people (not including the post office or the military), etc., etc., etc.) earns a paltry $400,000. There are heart surgeons who earn this much money, and practically every CEO of a Fortune 1,000 earns in seven figures. (Admittedly, the president has a nice pension plan.)
And, if you care at all, corporate executives do not vote their own salaries.
But, I digress. I am pleased to know that after nearly a year in this particular thread's life, you have finally established a criterion for adequate funding: teachers should get rich.