Editorial: Value our teachers

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

Nothing frustrates me more than seeing yet another report, showing U S students lagging behind in math or science scores...while students in some developing countries, who don't begin to have our resources, are excelling.

Some say its lack of parental involvement.   I think, it's because we don't REALLY value the position of "teacher" .
Physicians...lawyers... even professional athletes, all make six...seven figure salaries.  Why not teachers?    Today, most teachers need a Masters Degree to compete for jobs and are required to complete continuing education classes throughout their career.

How many bright, gifted young people would choose teaching as a career if they knew their salary would reflect their talent and commitment.

Is there anything more important...of higher value... than investing in the development of our children's minds...preparing them for a highly competitive world?  I think not.

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