"With respect to teachers' salaries .... Poor teachers are grossly overpaid and good teachers grossly underpaid. Salary schedules tend to be uniform and determined far more by seniority."
Milton Friedman
(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"
Capitalism and Freedom (1962), Ch. 6 "The Role of Government in Education"
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
In New York City there are about 3000 teachers that are so incompetent that they aren't allowed to teach. Also, thanks to the teachers unions, the still are paid and aren't allowed to be fired. Think of it, teachers being paid not to teach.
 -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    The results of Unionism, Political Correctness and the Globalist Agenda are a completely stupified generation(s) of Americans (and Canadians, Brits etc.) who actually believe that their Government are benevolent and well meaning. They aren't. They see you as inventory...and that is all. Go Gov. Walker! :)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    PC is slowly killing America
     -- Mike G, Apple Valley     
    Fire the dead weight...no excesses...break public unions. New York has so many people sitting reading a newspaper rather than teaching an entire city could run on their (non)earnings. Where is the common sense in that scenario? That is the difference between having true statesmen in offices...real people who care about their community, and paid/bribed? politicians. People, this is our fault...we must take care in our electing...we must know who we are choosing. We must vote out those who are not doing the will ov the poeple and we must start at the top in 2012.
     -- Abby     
    I can spell...but my fingers are as old as I and it is more difficult to control them. '...of the people'...I wish I were young...but I will fight for right in these later years.....
     -- Abigail, Newport     
    America needs more good teachers and less right wing morons who promote incompatence.
     -- Anonymous     
    "America needs more good teachers and less right wing morons who promote incompatence."...case in point? lol And at what point did it become a right wing thing? The schools are teaching communism...hardly "right" wing.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    From the newpaper today..... "...As for “fair and balanced,” here’s another comment by Mr. Schiller: “It’s much more about anti-intellectualism than it is political. A university also by definition is considered in this country to be liberal even though it’s not at all liberal. It’s liberal because it’s intellectual, the pursuit of knowledge, and that is traditionally something that Democrats have funded and Republicans have not funded.” Put to the side for the moment the arrogant insinuation that the right lacks an intellectual basis for its positions. Mr. Schiller’s claim that universities are not bastions of liberalism is itself remarkable. In 1999, in the most definitive study of the ideological and political identities of college professors conducted to date, the North American Academic Study Survey (NAASS) interviewed 1,643 college professors from 183 colleges and universities and discovered that among humanities faculty, 62% identified themselves as Democrats and 77% as liberals, compared to 6% Republican and 8% conservative. The numbers for social scientists were 55% and 66% Democrat/liberal, and 7% and 8% Republican/conservative. A February 2011 piece in The New York Times provides further evidence of academia’s leftward tilt. The piece describes evidence of liberal bias unearthed by respected UVA psychologist Jonathan Haidt. When Dr. Haidt asked the roughly 1,000 Ph.D.’s in the audience at a recent conference if they would describe themselves as liberals, more than 800 raised their hands. Then Dr. Haidt asked for libertarians and centrists to identify themselves — about three dozen answered the call. When the conservatives were asked to stand up and be counted, a grand total of three bravely raised their hands (Dr. Haidt has also done research on why the left is so apoplectic about the Tea Party)." Dr. Richard Brake is Co-Chair of ISI’s National Civic Literacy Board. www.americancivicliteracy.org.
     -- Abigail, Newport     
    I remember in high school how the younger more interesting teachers worried constantly about upsetting the school administrators by questioning oppressive policies, while those teachers who had received tenure and could not be fired were merely counting the days until their pension kicked in. Frankly I learned more at the library on my own. Same with university -- the curriculum was 2-3 years behind what was happening in the working world. I learned most of what I do today for a living on my own. I homeschool my children, and they are far ahead of their peers.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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