Yes, they are overpaid and underworked
No, they are not overpaid and underworked
The overworked thing ... it depends. Some years I'm constantly talking on the phone to parents, writing notes, brainstorming ways to make things better and doing piles of paperwork. Other years I have a smaller class with less behavior and academic issues. Likewise, some days are a breeze and some are from Hell. I rarely feel overworked and if I am, it's because I'm neurotic and and want everything to be just right.
I believe my job is important since I'm teaching the country's 6 year olds to read and write, but I also don't feel that every teacher should be put on a pedestal to be ooohed and awwwed at. I've seen my fair share of really crappy teachers. They don't deserve a pedestal, let alone a paycheck.
Therefore, I hate questions like this because it's assuming that all teachers equally work hard and are very good at their job. That's just not the case.
Over $700 billion are spent in defense around the world.
Less than $100 billion are spent in education.
Make your own conclusions
The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again. - Alan Paton
Bach is the beginning and end of all music - Max Reger
It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It's us. Only us - Rorschach
A nurse requires the same amount of education as a teacher. Yet, a nurse gets paid more than a teacher. Which is the more difficult job, and which has greater importance? Are they equally difficult and important? If so, then why aren't they paid roughly equal amounts.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers