“The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers,”

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    How Did Kindergarten Affect You? - The Learning Network Blog - NYTimes.com

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    good argument for increased funding of head start programs.

    one might also ask how what the kids learned in kindergarten correlates to the types of teachers they had subsequently.
     
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    Yes. Many factors to consider. However this is impressive.

    "They examined the life paths of almost 12,000 children who had been part of a well-known education experiment in Tennessee in the 1980s. The children are now about 30, well started on their adult lives. "

    I'm all in favor of good head start programs. Unfortunately, many of them are not good.
     
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    I had a mean, old, cranky kindergarten teacher. Fortunately, she broke her leg and we got a long term sub, which was a reprieve for me.

    She was ancient appearing, and didn't seem to like kids.
     
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    I honestly don't remember my Kindergarten teacher. I remember the first day of school and that's about it. But I did have a phenomenal 1st and 2nd grade teacher - Mrs. Thompson. I decided I wanted to be a teacher then.
     
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    I kid you not...

    My kintergarden teacher was named... Miss Heinous.

    No, that was not how it was spelled. (I think it might have been spelled Haines)

    But " hei·nous (h[​IMG][​IMG]n[​IMG]s)" was how it was pronounced.

    source

    I have to ask you...wouldn't giving your children to somebody by that name give you pause?
     
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    Teachers should be paid in the same range and scale as military officers with the same benefits IMO.

    They are just as important. $320K is ridiculous, but a starting salary of around $35-40K with regular pay increases and a 20 year retirement package + health care + living stipend and housing is reasonable.

    Inner city teachers should get hazardous duty pay too.
     
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    How much do you think teachers make on average? Do you know that their benefits are above the average worker, significantly?

    I'm for paying teachers a fair wage, just like police, fire, etc. However, costs need to be taken into consideration also.

    State Rankings--Statistical Abstract of the United States--Public School Teachers' Average Salaries

    These were from 2006, including both elementary and secondary. Secondary teachers average is quite a bit higher than elementary.
     
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    This country refuses to honor and pay teachers the way they deserve to be.

    You get what you pay for
     
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    Really? What Head Start Programs aren't "That Good?"

    That's a shame, because as we all know, early childhood education IS the key for a child to be successful in school. As is parents involvement at home, reading to them, et al....

    I would LOVE to teach Early Childhood, but I can't afford to go back and get a degree in that area right now. :(
     

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