Friday, April 01, 2011

Stupid ass statistic of the day

Retired Teachers in California Earn More Than Working Teachers in 28 States

I always love websites that pop off statistics like they are trying to nail people to the cross for living in reality.  Doubly so when it comes to teachers and wages. 

Intercepts (an anti-union blog that is occasionally good) created this headline to draw attention to the fact that apparently lazy, retired teachers draw more money than a teacher working in Iowa.  How about this….I have another headline for you:

The Cost of Living in California is the second highest in the nation, more than 49 other states.

Or this headline….

Teachers can’t live in San Francisco because the cost of a one bedroom studio apartment would buy you a fucking mansion in Wyoming, and 48 other states.

Apparently a teacher making about 3/4 of his/her salary is too much for Intercepts, and the idea that they retire with the ability to live in California without taking a job at age 70 as a greeter at Wal-Mart after working in public education for thirty plus years seems to be abhorrent.  Fine, teachers need to contribute more to their CALSTERS retirement.  I’m pretty sure that if you polled the teachers in California, they would contribute more (kind of like the teachers in Wyoming).  But a headline like this makes teachers in California look like members of the Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs.  Let me break down a little Mendocino County knowledge for you.

-I live in a town with some of the highest gas prices in the entire country.  As much and more than downtown San Francisco. 

-The standard price for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Ukiah when I bought was over $400,000.

-I still have student loans.

-The most I will make in my life is about $67,000.

For those of you not in Northern California, 67 G’s is not a huge chunk of change, and I still have years of paying off student loans.  With my qualifications and work ethic, I should be able to make twice as much in the private sector.  And before you say “so why don’t you leave your job and do something else”, I’ll remind you that you want a qualified, hard working, and passionate teacher in the classroom.  It just doesn’t seem like you want to pay for it.

Looking back even farther, statistics show that wages are not coming anywhere close to rising with the standard of living here in California, and medical costs (especially for the elderly) are tearing into people’s ability to have a decent lifestyle.  Edu-reformers might want to figure out where they actually stand with teachers; do they want to pay good teachers good wages, or not.   

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