The Value of Teachers

Apr 19, 2018

Thursday, we’re talking about the money teachers make, and what that tells us about how the profession is valued. We’ll also ask how Utah stacks up and what the state is doing about it.

American teachers are underpaid. Economist Dick Startz comes right out and says it. They’re underpaid compared to what teachers make in other countries, and to other college grads here at home. Money’s not everything, but it does tell us something about how the profession is valued. Thursday, Startz joins us to talk about what has happened with teacher pay in the last decades. We’ll also ask scholar Andrea Rorrer and KUER reporter Lee Hale how Utah stacks up and what the state is doing about it.

If you are a teacher - why do you do it? What keeps you coming back year after year? Do you feel valued for your work? If you have left teaching - why? What are you doing now? Was it the right decision?

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