Posted by old also on 8/30/2020, 4:17 pm, in reply to "Re: Musing..."
I was/am both of those. For most of the first ten years of my career, I taught in a poor but highly efficient rural school district. I paid property tax on my car. I made less than $20 grand per year. And while I was younger than most of the other teachers, I was one of the few (along with coaches) that had any kind of bump above base. And I was making more than most people in the community that were salaried or wage earners (as opposed to farmers, ranchers, and business owners). |
I lived very comfortably. I easily could have worked a summer job, but I didn't. No, I didn't travel when and where I liked, and I had to plan and put away money when I wanted to make a larger purchase, but I was never without. I lived in a nice small rent house, drove a newer model car (and made my payments), and spent a weekend here or there in the city that was about two hours away.
Believe me, the base salary for teachers in their first ten years is way above what it was then, even when accounting for inflation. Everyone wants to be paid more, but teachers today cannot say they are not paid a livable wage.