A life-long educator and I have read with interest of the difficulty South Carolina has in attracting and keeping classroom teachers. I recall in 1962, when I was employed by the Boston Red Sox, that the minimum salary for a major league baseball player was $7,000. At the time, depending on the state and district, the salary for a teacher was about $3,200.
Today the minimum salary for a major league baseball player is $500,000 (plus daily meal money when the team is on the road), and a teacher’s minimum salary is somewhere in the mid-to-upper-$30,000 range, again depending on district. The former is responsible for entertaining us and selling all manner of merchandise, while the latter is responsible for teaching our children.
Does the salary disparity and job importance answer the question as to why it is so difficult to attract and retain teachers? Just something to think about.
Stephen R. Driscoll
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