“Teachers do need and deserve a living wage. Like everyone else, teachers need enough to take care of a family, to be able to live in the same neighborhood as his or her workplace–if they so choose–to maintain good health, to get from here to there, and to live out a reasonably decent life after 30 or more years of teaching. The good teacher can’t teach better if offered a carrot or threatened with the stick. These might do for a horse or an ass, but a teacher is neither.”
–Maurice Englander. “10 More Maxims for Teachers.” California Teacher Nov./Dec. 2011: 10.