My mother is a teacher, so I know first-hand how this affects teachers. It's so sad and frustrating that North Carolina teachers are one of the lowest paid in the United States. If you want the future of the state to be promising, then why do they keep cutting the education budget? Of all things it should be the highest. What happened over the summer with the teacher cuts was ridiculous.
My mother works in the education system in NC so I understand how employees of school systems feel about low teacher salaries. I attended a lecture by former NC Governor James Hunt this past week where he spoke of the importance of investing in teachers. He made a good point when he said that everyone has the ability to succeed if given the right opportunities. Investing in teachers and rewarding them for being more qualified (such as having their Masters, being National Board Certified) will not only encourage teachers to be better, but will ultimately improve the quality of the students' education. Teachers should be upset with their low salaries and should demand to be invested in so that the future of our education system is stable.
I know a lot of North Carolina teachers personally, so I am frustrated with the salaries that they have. The other day, my friend showed me a map of the United States, and each state had their most embarrassing fact written. North Carolina's was low teacher salaries. I think that this is sad, not only because it is embarrassing to North Carolina, but that teachers work so hard to provide education to students and do not receive adequate pay. Students are the future, and North Carolina needs to be investing their resources into educating that future. If every great teacher quits because of low salaries, who will be left?
This quote stood out to me because of the numerous booms, but then I actually read the quote and it really stood out to me. I was a bartender with a teacher this summer and she personally told me how difficult being a teacher in the state of North Carolina is becoming. She was strongly considering quitting her lifelong dream of teaching to go back to school because she needed to find another job. She said all this while fighting back tears, and that is why this quote stood out to me.
Having worked at the NC Legislator this past year while the budget process was going on I was able to witness first hand how many teachers were upset about how low the salaries are in North Carolina. Since the representative I worked for represents a district that boarders Virginia I heard from many constituents that were teachers. I learned that many teachers in the district work in the Virginia school systems because they couldn't afford to take care of their families on the income North Carolina teachers make. This was very upsetting to me because without quality teachers children cannot learn. I truly think something really needs to be done about this serious issue in our state.
I have long believed that teachers and underpaid and underrated. I, too, know several teachers personally who genuinely enjoy working with children. Not only that but I believe that teachers are our future. You can not put value on an education and you can not put a minor value on educators. We can not expect people to be willing to provide quality education when they are not being paid what they deserve. I'm disappointed in the state and I feel that something needs to be done rather immediately. I don't blame the teachers for protesting and I would even deem myself a supporter.
Trantham's words are an interesting depiction of what has happened over a relatively long period of time in NC. Teachers have not received a raise in years and their budgets are constantly being cut, and the presumption that they would continue to take these hits was silly. Teachers are essential to NC's growth and to training the next generation, and refusing to invest in quality teachers is refusing to invest in our future. No teacher gets into the field to become rich, but they should be able to expect to be paid fairly and not be taken advantage of. NC needs strong teachers to train strong students and ensure growth.
It's very sad that North Carolina's teachers are some of the lowest paid in the United States. With how incredible NC colleges are, you would think teachers would be respected more. The future of our state lies in the hands of our education system and if teachers don't get treated better, we will be severely affected. This is embarrassing for North Carolina and needs to be fixed immediately.