“My sister was a teacher, and so I know how little she got paid. It’s hard to support a family. And there are a lot of young people who are really talented who want to go into teaching,” Obama said in a town hall meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday.
“In places like Korea and Finland, where the education system is really doing well, teachers are paid at the level that doctors and engineers are paid, and it is respected as a profession,” he said.
But Wednesday’s statement about teachers’ pay is far from reality. Doctors are one of the highest-paid professions in South Korea, not on par with teachers in terms of pay.
So how much does a teacher and a doctor make in South Korea?
Indeed.com, a company that measures average wages for professions based on salaries advertised on recruitment ads, found the average teacher’s wage in Seoul is $55,000 where as a physician’s wage is $86,000 and an engineer’s is $89,000.
When searching the wage for a “doctor” the average wage is $67,000.
If the numbers above are accurate, then it’s pretty clear teachers don’t actually make as much as doctors in South Korea, and Obama has once again stuck his foot in his mouth by talking about things he knows nothing about.
Teaching is an important position, as it’s not just about giving children facts, but instructing them to engage worldviews on their own.
This is called “critical thinking,” and unfortunately, schools here in America no longer teach this important skill, opting instead to force progressive Kool-Aid down the intellectual gullets of our children in hopes of popping out a future generation of statist robots.
There’s an easy solution to the problem of underpaid teachers. Remove the federal government from the equation and kick teacher’s unions to the curb.
Allow state and local governments to handle education and make teaching a performance based profession instead of a protected government job where you can basically do nothing, completely underperform, and waste tax dollars without being concerned about being fired.
Or, we could go full tilt radical and privatize the education system. Teachers would have to do a dang good job instructing their students to earn their pay, and would be rewarded for their hard work with higher wages.
This produces higher incentives to perform better, makes schools compete with each other for students, and gives parents complete control over where they send their kids to be educated.
Probably won’t happen any time soon, but wouldn’t it be awesome if it did?
Then, teachers might really be paid the same as doctors.