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Our Priorities: Reading, Writing, and Landscaping?

Dave Eggers writes in Mother Jones about how our kids’ teachers are making their financial ends meet.

The first step to creating an education system full of the best teachers we can find is to pay them in line with their importance to their communities.

We pay orthodontists an average of $350,000, and no one would say that their impact on the lives of kids is greater than a teacher’s.

But it seems difficult for everyone, from parents to politicians, to shake free of a tradition in which teaching was seen as something of a volunteer project for women whose husbands brought home the real money.