By: Dan Miller

Here is an unfortunate correlation that's easy to track:
the further one moves from actual contact with
students, the higher the salary is likely to be. Just see
for yourself: Classroom teachers, having the ability to
see, touch, to encourage and to love the students
personally, make the lowest salaries. Principals move
away from actual contact and spend more time
shuffling papers but make substantially more.
Superintendents, who may see a live student once or
twice a month, make more. Directors of Schools make
more. Four university presidents earned more than
$800,000 in salary and benefits during the 2002 fiscal
year according to the recent edition of the Chronicle of
Higher Education.

I don't have easy answers to this -- yes, I know there
are many great reasons for teaching aside from the
money -- but the message seems to be clear. If you
want to make a decent living in "education" get
as far away from students as possible.


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