"Teachers Have It Easy": The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers



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ISBN-13: 9781565849556
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 06/22/2005
Pages: 355
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.26(d)

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Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of Americas Teachers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SelimaCat on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I would love all my teacher friends to read this and discuss it with me. It's not a book you read for the pleasure of reading--the structure is too choppy for that--but I think it's an important book. While we've all seen charts and graphs showing what teachers' salaries are, the first part of this book was umpteen first-person anecdotes from teachers about what the couldn't afford to do, how many hours they had to work, how they had to leave teaching for financial reasons. It's depressing, sobering, and important. The second part of the book spotlights financial plans that various districts have tried (incentives, bonuses, pay structures) and to what success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book very helpful, as I am a college student hoping to become a teacher. I liked the fact that the book had a lot of experiences directly from real teachers in every subject they brought up. They also had a lot of case studies to back up every claim. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is connected to teaching, whether you are a teacher, are wanting to teach, are on the school board, or have a kid in school. It really makes you think about how much credit and money teachers are given.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells exactly what is wrong with the way teachers are paid. Having been in the career for a few years, I know how under paid teachers are. The interviews of the teachers in the book should be read by those in charge, from the president on down to superintendents. It is hard to stay in a career that one likes but the pay does not make it easy. The ways the authors discuss about raising teacher pay are interesting. I think that they could be used in other places also. The omly down side to this book is that it really did not talk of teacher's unions and how they both hinder and push forward raises in teacher pay. Overall, this is a very good book. It should be read by everyone who is thinking about becoming a teacher, and by those who teach the future educators.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors do an excellent job of illustrating just how underpaid teachers are in our society. The moving examples from the countless teachers that obviously love what they do, and the former teachers who can no longer afford to do what they love should make every parent or prespective parent pause. The unique approach to compensation and performance proposed in Denver may just be a template for the rest of the country. Let's leave no teacher behind in the ever daunting task of educating our future. The author's due an excellent job of empowering the reader to want to start a crusade toward reforming the system.