Are Teachers’ Salary Enough for their Efforts?

Are Teachers’ Salary Enough for their Efforts?

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Leiann Dimailig started this petition to Department of Education

When choosing one’s profession, there are always two significant questions to ask yourself. Is it what you love doing, and is the salary for that career be enough to support you. Considered to be more than a profession, teachers are regarded as the strongest pillar of the society. We can’t deny the fact that a teacher is like a potter who delicately shapes our impressionable minds and mold it into a vessel that defines our perception and ambitions. It is such a saddening fact, that there are teachers who aren’t given the chance to receive high amount of salary, despite all the efforts they have made. As a matter of fact, teaching is the noblest profession among all, since all professionals underwent education with a teacher. It’s also a process to prepare the next generation of skilled professionals and workers such as Politicians, Engineers, Doctors, Policemen, Priests, Educators, Lawyers, and good citizens. But despite all of these, the salary they receive isn’t enough for all the efforts they have poured in the life of their students.

While education takes up most of our childhood and teenage years, it benefits the whole adult life of a person. We can’t deny the fact that one cannot disregard the significance of education in our lives. In fact, in today’s world, an individual is disregarded if without education. Education isn’t only to increase one’s knowledge, but also to shape one’s character. It develops the rational aspect of a human being. Now, when one talks about education, one cannot help but think about teachers. This is because education is a teacher-driven industry. Without teachers, education wouldn’t be possible. If I will look at this profession, teaching isn’t a job that one chooses to be rewarded by its salary. It is a job that is chosen for the rewarding feeling of knowing that it is the most effective and most enjoyable way one can change the world. Therefore, if teachers are noble enough to sacrifice such a huge part of their lives just to enhance or better our future generations, then don’t you think they should be paid what they deserve?

I believe educators are one of the most important careers out there. Without them, where would we be today? Would you be reading this paper? Would you still be able to read, write, or have even an educated conversation? I always ask myself where I would be today if it wasn’t because of them. Teachers are the ones who are building our future generations, preparing children and teens for higher education. They are also playing a huge part in shaping children’s lives, enlightening us. I think teachers are what help make this world go round. We simple go to school to learn, and get educated, so that someday we can land to a decent job that could support us or even our own families in the future.

Teachers are hardworking, irreplaceable members of the work force who put in a lot of work knowing they are not being paid fairly, but for now, that they have the satisfaction that they are doing something good for the world. There are many other jobs in which the employees are underpaid, such as policemen and firemen who put their lives on the line daily for the community, with low average salaries, and teachers fall also into this category. Increasing the base salary of teachers would correct the low amount they earn now for the immerse amount of work, hours, and dedication they put into their job daily. A higher salary for teachers would mean that existing teachers would feel more inspired as they go about their daily teaching routine. It could also mean that the teaching industry will be more able to attract the best and the brightest minds. It will also mean that more potential teachers will be inclined to give the career more consideration, which could decrease teaching shortage.

While many people will say that a career is based on what one wants to do, at the end of the day, one would hope that what one wants to do is also something that would put food on the table, roof over the heads, and clothes on the back. In addition, it is not asking too much to include a reliable car to make lives easier, along with extra funds to indulge into leisure moments occasionally. It is true that several teachers are able to afford all these things without problems, but one cannot really claim that these things are acquired without many problems. The teaching profession should be able to offer such a salary that could at least ensure noble teachers that they could provide education to individuals without enduring a profession that will make them sacrifice some of their personal needs and wants.

Teachers are underrated / undervalued in society, thus, making them seem replaceable, but in truth, they are the backbone of society, they educate and mold children, and they are protecting our future. And with that, they need to be fairly rewarded / paid for their hard work and dedication in their field, because we all know how challenging their job is and how insufficient their salaries are. And lastly, aside from fair salaries for them, we should also appreciate them even more, because without them, we wouldn’t have enough knowledge about such things that we could apply / use in the future, or even in our daily lives, thus, making us successful. They are the people who gave us the most priceless gift of all: the gift of learning.

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