The Bible Says Teachers Don't Deserve Decent Salaries, According to One Horrible Politician

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If you thought that God had never really given much thought to teacher's salaries, you'd be wrong. At least according to Shadrack McGill, a Republican state senator from Alabama. He spoke at a prayer breakfast recently where he passed along some very interesting wisdom from God regarding what teachers should be paid. He began this ridiculous conversation by speaking about politician's salaries, which, you might be surprised to learn, he thinks should be quite high. The reason—besides the fact that he is one? To prevent them from taking bribes. Well, it's nice to see that McGill has such a high opinion of his colleagues. He then leapt to talk about why he doesn't support a bill to increase teachers' wages:

Teachers need to make the money that they need to make. There needs to be a balance there. If you double what you're paying education, you know what's going to happen? I've heard the comment many times, ‘Well, the quality of education's going to go up.' That's never proven to happen, guys. It's a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher's pay scale, you'll attract people who aren't called to teach. To go and raise someone's child for eight hours a day, or many people's children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. It better be a calling in your life. I know I wouldn't want to do it, OK?


OK! I don't think any of us want you teaching our children, especially since you appear to just make shit up and say it's from the Bible. But, wait, it gets better:

And these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It's just in them to do. It's the ability that God give ‘em. And there are also some teachers, it wouldn't matter how much you would pay them, they would still perform to the same capacity. If you don't keep that in balance, you're going to attract people who are not called, who don't need to be teaching our children. So, everything has a balance.

Yes, it's definitely all about the balance. You pay one group nothing and another way too much, and that balances everything out! At least the teachers struggling to cover their basic expenses in this life can take comfort in another, actual Biblical principle: when Judgment Day comes and this douchebag is sucked down into Hell, they shall inherit the Earth.

Alabama Republican Senator: Low teacher pay mandated by God [The Raw Story]


Ari Schwartz: Dark Lord of the Snark

Hey, not gonna lie: I would have much more seriously considered teaching if not for the fact that I had a large debt load I needed to manage and couldn't afford it on a teacher's salary.

I make as much now in the private sector as I would have as a fairly senior teacher in LAUSD. Before 30. It's pretty silly.

I hear this argument all the time when it comes to NPO/NGO work, but the fact is, if you graduate from a private university with a high five figure or even six figure debt, you are not going to be too happy about the idea of making $40K a year.