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11 Annoying Things People Say About Teaching

Think that those who can't do, teach? Think again.

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2. "Teachers get paid too much."

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The national average teaching salary is $56,069 (starting teaching salary is $35,672). Teachers also usually spend a lot of money out of pocket for classroom supplies, grade papers on the weekends, and spend hours after school prepping for lessons. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of teacher salaries.


5. "Those who can't do, teach."

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Research indicates that teacher preparation and knowledge of teaching and learning, subject matter knowledge, and experience are all leading factors in teacher effectiveness.

7. "Merit pay will make more effective teachers."

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Researchers from the National Center on Performance Incentives (NCPI) concluded that incentivizing teachers with bonus pay based on good results, without good professional develop programs in place, does not make a notable difference in student results nor does it increase teacher motivation.

8. "Teachers unions are bad for student performance."

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A Harvard University study showed that students in states with high unionization tend to perform better than students in states with lower unionization.


9. "Kindergarten and preschool are glorified babysitting."

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The Perry Preschool Study, which took place over 35 years, found that students who received a high quality early education were far less likely to become teenage parents, go to jail, drop out of high school, or be unemployed.

11. "Teachers don't really care about their students."

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A survey of 400,000 students about teacher performance showed that 77% of students think that their teacher wants to see them succeed.