Debate Club

Are Teachers Overpaid?

Are Teachers Overpaid?

Teacher pay has long been blamed for the diminishing quality of education in the United States. Education activists from former first lady Laura Bush to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan argue that salaries for teachers should be increased both to properly compensate teachers for their difficult occupation and to lure more competent young people into the profession. However, a recent report conducted by scholars at the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute sought to debunk that claim, suggesting not only that public school teachers are not underpaid, they may in fact be overpaid. If such a claim is true, it has implications for schools across the country, as most state and local budgets are particularly tight, and education reformers may see that other areas of public schools are what need improvement. However, teacher unions and other education experts immediately rejected the report, holding to the conventional wisdom that paying teachers more is key to education reform. Here is the Debate Club’s take on whether teachers are overpaid:


The Arguments

#1
94 Pts
Teachers Paid Much Less Than Their Peers

No – Teachers Paid Much Less Than Their Peers

Linda Darling-Hammond Professor at Stanford University

#2
85 Pts
Time to Pay Teachers What They Are Worth

No – Time to Pay Teachers What They Are Worth

Barnett Berry President and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality

#3
73 Pts
Higher Wages Would Attract, Keep Better Teachers

No – Higher Wages Would Attract, Keep Better Teachers

Jack Jennings Founder and CEO of Center on Education Policy

#4
64 Pts
Low Wages Lead to High Teacher Turnover

No – Low Wages Lead to High Teacher Turnover

Randi Weingarten President of American Federation of Teachers

#5
61 Pts
U.S. Should Rethink How It Compensates Teachers

No – U.S. Should Rethink How It Compensates Teachers

Andreas Schleicher Special Adviser on Education Policy at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

#6
-27 Pts
Higher Salaries Won't Improve Teacher Performance

Yes – Higher Salaries Won't Improve Teacher Performance

Marcus Winters Fellow at the Manhattan Institute

#7
-52 Pts
Teacher Pay Has No Correlation With Education Quality

Yes – Teacher Pay Has No Correlation With Education Quality

Rob Port Editor of SayAnythingBlog.com

#8
-52 Pts
Average Public School Teacher Is Paid Too Much

Yes – Average Public School Teacher Is Paid Too Much

Andrew G. Biggs , Jason Richwine Experts at Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute


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