Yes, they are overpaid and underworked
No, they are not overpaid and underworked
Overpaid - Generally yes, although it varies from one school district to the next. A telltale sign that people are being overpaid is if the school gets far more qualified applicants than it can actually hire. And in most schools, that is indeed the case.
Underworked - This is more of a moral judgment than an economic question...Personally I don't think teachers are "underworked," but their pay should reflect the fact that they do not work summers. As long as people are willing to accept a salary that fairly compensates them for the amount of work they do, it's no business of mine whether they work 20 hours a week, 40 hours, or 100 hours.
Respected and appreciated - I think most people respect and appreciate teachers. Although according to some of my teacher friends, there are some parents who think they know how to run the classroom better than the teacher does. But by and large, I think people have a positive view of teachers.
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