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Become A Teacher? 10 Examples That Show Why Becoming A Teacher Is A Dead End In This Economy

Today budget cutters are on the rampage from coast to coast and often one of their first targets is public school teachers. What we have witnessed recently in Wisconsin is just one example of this. The truth is that you do not want to become a teacher if you want to have financial security in America today. Teacher salaries are being slashed from sea to shining sea. But to a certain extent the teachers that are having their wages cut are the fortunate ones. There are thousands upon thousands of teachers that have already been laid off, and there are tens of thousands more that are about to be laid off. It is absolutely brutal out there right now. So if you are thinking about becoming a teacher you might want to think twice. Not that there are a whole lot of other jobs that are more secure right now. The truth is that there is no such thing as a "safe job" in America today.

It is very unfortunate that what is going on right now is going to scare so many young people away from becoming a teacher because the next generation could definitely use some quality teachers.

But the truth is that it is getting really hard to honestly recommend that anyone become a teacher at this point. Just consider some of the following news stories that we have seen around the nation recently....

#1 In Providence, Rhode Island the school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every single one of its 1,926 teachers.

#2 Michigan has just approved a plan to shut down nearly half of the public schools in Detroit.  Under the plan, 70 schools will be closed and 72 will continue operating.

#3 In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie has laid off thousands of teachers and he cut a billion dollars from the state education budget.

#4 Bills in Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana and Idaho would either significantly alter or completely take away the collective bargaining rights of public school teachers.

#5 The eyes of the whole country are on Wisconsin right now.  Teachers there are very alarmed about the $900 million in cuts to school funding over the next two years that are being proposed.

#6 Clay Robison, a spokesman for the Texas State Teachers Association, recently said that his organization is projecting that 100,000 school employees in the state of Texas could lose their jobs.

#7 The current plan is for more than 4,500 New York City school teachers to be laid off after this current school years ends.  This will be the most significant teacher layoffs in New York since the 1970s.

#8 In Los Angeles, more than 5,000 teachers will be receiving preliminary layoff notices due to budget cuts.

#9 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is being deeply criticized for the teacher pay cuts that he is proposing.

#10 StudentsFirst.org is projecting that 161,000 teachers across the United States are in danger of losing their jobs this year alone.

So in light of the facts above, should we advise any of our young people to try to become a teacher?

The worst thing about all this for young teachers is that in many areas of the country there is a rule that says the last teachers hired are the first ones that get laid off.

That is another huge incentive for young people not to choose teaching as a profession.

So why are so many teacher layoffs happening?

Well, the truth is that most of our state and local governments are very deep in debt and have run out of money.

State and local government debt has reached at an all-time high of 22 percent of U.S. GDP, and hordes of state and local governments are teetering on the brink of insolvency at this point.

When there is no more money, the cuts have to come from somewhere.  It is just really unfortunate that so many teachers are going to be put out onto the street.

People that have gone into the teaching profession have all spent a lot of time and money to get the education that they need to teach.  If they are told that they can't do that anymore, what are they supposed to do?

Most of the time when teachers are forced out of the profession they end up having to take jobs that pay much less.  In this economy, many ex-teachers will not be able to find jobs at all.  Today, one out of every seven Americans is on food stamps, and sadly many teachers may soon be joining them.

So why don't we just raise taxes so that all of these teachers can keep their jobs?  Well, the truth is that middle class Americans are already being taxed into oblivion.  When you add up the dozens and dozens of different taxes that Americans pay each year the overall tax burden is absolutely frightening.  There is only so much that you can squeeze out of the American people.

No, the truth is that the American people are taxed way too much already, and the big corporations and the ultra-wealthy have become experts at avoiding taxation.  Our current tax system needs to be completely scrapped and replaced with something entirely new.

If our state and local governments had not been so addicted to debt, and if our economy had been managed correctly and if about a hundred other things had been done differently we would not be having these problems.

But here we are.

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any easy answers.

Or are there some solutions that most of us have been overlooking?  What do you all think?  What should be done about all of the teacher layoffs that are taking place all over the country?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts below....

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  • Miss Crabtree

    Um,… Joe, that would be trough, love. Teachers at the trough. If you really worked for a school district, if you really were an educator–you would know the difference, troll-boy. Oink!

  • http://www.spiritjewelry.info suzanne

    I live in a “right to work” state. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. In my opinion, unions outlived their functions a long time ago. We now have Federal laws and agencies (DOL, EEOC, OSHA) that protect workers. Now, the unions have made it too easy to export jobs out of America (with the help of NAFTA and GATT) by keeping wages unnecessarily high. Where else would a forklift operator make $80,000 a year but a UAW member in Detroit?
    The teachers in Wisconsin aren’t getting it… they are paid out of property taxes, and those taxes are going up as employment is going down. They will have to endure the same downturns and losses as the rest of the area’s population.

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    The government doesn’t produce anything..they take, take , take..
    if we cut them off…they won’t survive, but we will..we are feeding them..
    The American workers and citizens are the producers and the back bone of this country..its high time they find out who owns them. We produce the GDP..not them, we produce the tax monies for them to corrupt.. without us,, there is no them… Time to deliver.

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  • SPECTRE of Deflation

    America isn’t being asked to invest in it’s future or the future of it’s children. It’s being asked to foot the bill for public unions as they steal the last nickel from the American Treasury. I have listened to these same BS slogans for decades while mediocrity was institutionalized and our children fell further and further behind the children of other counties while the NEA ran their public relations nonsense. Public Unions are run by outright thugs who can give a rat’s ass about anyone other than themselves as they gorge themselves at the public trough. For our children indeed.

  • SPECTRE of Deflation

    And the term “smaller classroom sizes” is pure BS as well, as a teacher used to teach multiple grades from a one room schoolhouse without breaking a sweat. This was done to pave the way for less work for the teacher without so much as a real care for our children. Their only goal is to gorge themselves like the pigs that they are at the public trough.

  • C

    Balancing budgets on the backs of working people is becoming the norm in America. Public service sucks, the less they pay, the dumber the worker, the lower the bar. You all forgot something apparently.

    It’s not about the money. I worked at a school district too, never again.

  • http://www.ouanalao.net Ricky Gee

    The unemployment situation has been growing worse for the past few years. Now we are supposed to get our shorts in a bunch because some teachers are feeling the pinch just like everyone else? Spare me.

    • Timothy Allen

      If you have kids you should take them out of the school system and stop being a drain on the other tax payers. Just saying.

  • Lori

    Good teachers who are smart will start their own small private neighborhood schools and tie in with the home-schooling demographic.

    People will always pay for a good education for their children, even if they have to scrimp and save every penny (poor and middle class parents have been doing this for a long time with parochial schools). But people do not like paying through the nose for a big, bloated, top-heavy bureaucracy.

    Good teachers stand to make a very tidy living if they play their cards right.

  • mickeythepirate

    Hi there..I am one of the evil ones..a teacher. Nope, after 20 years, I don’t even make 50K a year..nope, I am not an idiot..in fact I made a perfect ACT score to get into my university..which I am sill paying for after 20 years getting rich as a teacher!! I have a real degree, two of themin fact..if Physics and Geology count. No, I did not become a teacher to steal from anybody..I did it because I care for kids and have a passion for making their lives better. So I don’t work 50 weeks a year..you normally don’t work 60 hours a week AND then come home and help the kids with homework, fix my worn out car and patch together my rotting mansion which is next to the railroad tracks either.. by summer I need some sleep. Sure, I go off jet setting every summer…actually, I deliver newspapers or paint houses to make ends meet.. so why is my deal so much better than the poor working stiffs in the private sector? Oh I know, I get a promise that they need to wait till the end of the school year to run me out of town if a parent complains about me, a kid tells a lie, anyone ever takes issue with my family values or personal life,or if I am seen in public doing ANYTHING that is in any way less than Jesus would do.. I guess you could say teachers live in full view of their communities 24/7..If your life can stand up to such scrutiny..go for it…you can get rich like me… Actually, my mom talked me into becoming a teacher..she KNEW this economic disaster was coming..AND she remembered that during the depression the teachers had jobs, even if they were poor then too. It was a reasonable idea actually.. I would accept a far LOWER salary than my collage classmates in the private sector and in place of earning a big salary, I would have a little job security when the hard times came. As for my big pension..I will likely never see a dime of it.. even if I do, please remember that in trade for getting between 40 and 60% of my working salary, I get to pay for my own health insurance, PLUS I am not allowed to recieve a dime of social security..AND my wife also is never allowed to collect a dime of HER social security either.
    I am sick of people saying how bad of a job teachers do.. In the rest of the world, the kids who do so well on their tests are the ones allowed to go to school. If a kid there has mental or physical disabilities, if they are behavioral problems, are members of criminal gangs, or have any learning problems…they did not take that test. Here in our country, we are legally bound to help ALL of our students to get an education.. Right or wrong, that is what “No Child Left Behind” was all about don’t blame me, if you don’t like the results, blame the elected officials who mandate it. half of the funding we get is used to teach the 5% of our students least able or willing to learn. What does that leave for the majority of kids? We are comparing apples to oranges with these tests.
    Now, lets get some sense in this debate. I choose to become a public employee to serve my community and to help kids. I do that every day. You made the choice to go into the private sector. When times were booming, you were the cats driving flashy new cars and buying McMansions while us teachers drove our worn out 17 year old cars and lived in apartments and run down houses we could not afford..You were the rabbits and we were the turtles.. Now that you are not getting your perks and benefits and have been looking down the unemployment line a while, your hate at the system and how you have been robbed and abused by the government is blinding you to me and my situation in life.. I am still driving a 17 year old car..my house is cold in the winter, and my clothes are threadbare. If you all can get angry about anything, ask why toilet seats still cost the army $10K, and why billionares are paying less taxes than you are. Or, dare I say it…ask about your elected officials personal finances…Remember, that we have the best government that money can buy right here in America..And that our elected officials work for whoever it is that pays the best..and that is not you OR me.

  • liberranter

    To mickeythepirate:

    Please tell us what “college” you attended before becoming a teacher so that I can make sure that I NEVER send my children or grandchildren there. It should be obvious from your rant that you were not an English (oh, excuse me, the new PC term is “Language Arts”) major, although I wouldn’t be surprised to learn otherwise, given what passes for “standards” in most of today’s colleges. Regardless, writing is, one would think, something that anyone calling himself or herself a teacher would learn to do well. Apparently that’s not the case. Don’t take it personally; you’re not alone. Very few public school “teachers” I’ve encountered in recent years can put a coherent English paragraph together, spell simple words, or use punctuation properly. I guess I should thank you for validating the opinions that the majority of us who have posted here seem to have of “teachers” and their “qualifications” (or lack thereof}.

    Finally, allow me to point out that ellipses (a series of THREE dots, not two) are used to indicate content omissions in quotes, NOT as punctuation marks that substitute for periods.

    • Teachingsucks

      I couldn’t agree more about the comment you just mentioned: not being able to write a proper sentence. As a maths teacher I have come across so many bad maths teachers that can’t add two numbers properly and can’t show students the correct way to solve problems or work with fractions. And these idiots are the ones that get employed. It is almost as if the education department wants students to fail.

  • The Beast

    “On a gesture for world peace and improvement of livelihood in its own country, the US DoD decided to scrap 10 of its Aircraft Carriers and 50 of its nuclear submarines. Although this will effect the jobs of thousands of servicemen, the move is made to preserve budget. It is intended to allocate its once huge defense budget, whose amount once surpassed the rest of the world combined, to improve education and other sectors more useful for the development of the US citizens. John Doe reporting for AFP, Washington DC”
    I woke up and it was just a dream.
    People of US, don’t you see the news? Can’t you see the people in Libya bleed by the thousands for freedom?
    “God will not change the lives of people until that people change it first”

  • Gary2

    Cut bonuses, not teachers

  • Jon

    Mickeythepirate your response to this article is waaaaay over the top. I don’t see too many people claiming teachers are rich, but rather their pensions are unsustainable, and their pay in SOME locales is as well.

    Anyway, something alot of teachers seem to forget is that, even though their job is “so hard”….people are absolutely lining up to teach. Now why is that?
    There is no shortage of people who are getting the education requirements, and telling everyone they know that they want to be a teacher. I know at least 4 of them including my next door neighbor. Teaching is a highly sought after profession, and a noble profession at that.
    Simply supply and demand. The more people want to teach, the more downward pressure there is on teachers salaries.

  • DownWithLibs

    @ Jimmy Legaro:

    Even worse, their unions pushed to the get the current guy into the White House. You know, the one that threw ALL of us under the train!

  • Kim the Teacher

    I am sick and tired of every politician promising how they are going to help teachers and education and as soon as they are elected, they forget about it. These promises don’t just get them the teachers vote, it also gets the parents votes. In Texas, as soon as you reach 20 years of service, no more raise unless your lucky enough to get $10 extra bucks a month from your district. If we worked at a corporation for 29 years, we would be making in the 6 figure range. We’ve already heard about all the “fat cats” that have lined their pockets whether legal or illegally.
    It also makes me sick to hear how many billions of dollars Obama is sending to foreign countries–2.5 billion to Pakistan–and watching school teachers lose their jobs.
    And another thing that just burns my buns–why do we keep paying for illegal aliens medical, food, and education when they pay no taxes

  • mickeythepirate

    How about this idea…Lets cut education 100%. Yes, I mean totally! If you want your children to get an education, do it yourself or pay for them to go to a private school. Then, you will know what an education is worth. With no competition, the cost of private schools will skyrocket. If you do this, you will throw away the future of every child in this country who was not born with a silver spoon in their mouth, and create an underclass of slaves. Personally, I will leave this country before I would choose to ride it to the bottom of the third world. Of course, I have that option, your kids don’t. The shortcut to the third world is to have a workforce who is not educated, and the easy way to loose your rights and freedoms is to create a population who cannot think for themselves.
    Personally, I doubt we can reverse what is broken in this country at this point. If you really think about it a moment, you already live in the poorest nation on Earth. Many countries are broke, but ours is so far in debt that we will never pay it all off, even if we increase our tax rate to 100%.
    If we have already stolen the economic future from our children and grandchildren, why not take their hope and their dreams from them too. While we are at it, we can further balance the budget on their shoulders by taking away their ability to read, write or do math. Why not? If our country does exactly as it is doing now, there will not be money for bread for the people soon, forget about funding schools, roads, pensions or healthcare. Once we totally collapse and fail, then we can start to rebuild a nation that has a foundation under it, instead of more sand-castles balanced upon a mountain of debt. I would be happy to give up my teachers pension in a minute if it would help these kids escape from what is soon in store for them.
    As for my grammer, I am not being paid to impress you on this website, and I am too tired to care what you think.

  • Davidm

    I am a tax attorney and I can tell you the rich are already being taxed out the rear end. With federal state and local taxes they pay in excess of 65 to 70 percent of their income. They are also the ones that hire people. Every extra dollar extracted in tax equals a dollar they can’t pay in wages. Further efforts to tax them will just drive them out of the country with their income and their jobs.

    The teachers keep yelling tax the rich. What a bunch ofi idiots. Either they don’t understand this fact or they do understand and don’t give a damn they will bankrupt us. Doesn’t matter to them as long as they get theirs.

  • andesgal

    Homeschool! Teach your kids what you know they need to know! I’m a certified Math teacher with a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Math–but I’ve chosen to leave the classroom and homeschool my children for the last 18 years. Our kids are truly educated and can compete with the best. I can teach them what the constitution says and means. I can teach them “true” history. I can let them fly in subjects they love (my 6th grader is doing very well in Algebra I). I can give them time to READ! If you can do it, it’s a GREAT option!

  • Alice

    Stop comparing teachers with Firefighters and Police. FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE ARE HEROES, TEACHERS ARE NOT, you are just trying to confuse people!

    • karl

      From your writing, I would think you don’t know or ever knew too many teachers.

  • Don

    This is simple. Establish a flat tax. Do away with deductions, depreciation, “long term debt amortization”, and all of the other tax loopholes. If you earn money in this country, you pay tax on it no matter where you live or what other taxes you might pay on it.

    Also, do away with Earned Income Credit. Giving money to folks with kids they cannot support is a guaranteed way to end with a lot of kids the rest of us have to support.

  • Teachingsucks

    Becoming a teacher is absolutely the worse decision I have ever made in my life. Teaching has ruined me and later this year I will be putting my own personal website over the internet to encourage others not to get into this industry. Forget about getting a loan for a house or hacing any financial stability if you do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mississippi.xray Mississippi X-Ray

    Much of this is because of attempts to educate blacks. Blacks are poor test-takers, do not concentrate, and disrupt the average classroom when introduced. Add hispanics, who are only concerned with getting pregnant, and what sort of class do you have?

  • james

    This is sick. Shows how much the world values education.

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