Why Teachers Should be Paid More 3

Editor’s note: Editorials are opinion pieces that reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication or its staff. Constructive feedback is always welcome. 

Jolie Phan

In your class, there’s always this one kid who’s never prepared. They often borrow the teacher’s supplies or their classmate’s. Do you know the trouble that teachers have to endure to get their supplies? They often pay with their own money for supplies like paper, pencils, erasers, markers, etc.

In a video from What Would You Do, there is an actor playing the role of a teacher. She went to the store and bought some supplies for her “class.” The cashier went with the show’s plan and told her that her card has been declined. The teacher decided to return the milk she had in her cart. The people behind her felt distressed and helped her pay for her groceries. The host of the show, John Quiñones, asked why they decided to help her. They each had a different answer but all felt terrible for the teacher. (Link of the video.)

This video made me feel so obliged to my teachers. I don’t really borrow their supplies much, but I thought about the kids that do. Research shows that 94% of teachers buy their own supplies. That’s a lot of money wasted.

Teachers have to educate their students. They have to help you whenever you make a mistake or get in trouble. Not only do teachers hand out homework and tests, but they also have to handle children. They treat their students as if they’re their own children. They put hard effort into their job and took many years of learning to become a teacher. They even help their students prepare for their future jobs.

Lately, many teachers have gone on strike to protest low pay and other hardships associated with their jobs and this has created a debate. This strategy spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado, and Arizona. Educators joined online together and held increasingly frequent protests. More than half of Americans support pay raises for teachers. 78% of them think that teachers should be paid more. 15% think that they are paid enough. While 6% think that they are paid too much.

These days, fewer college students want to become teachers after graduation. Many teachers even left their jobs due to underpayment. They don’t teach or get paid during the summer, so some get summer jobs. One of those people is Mrs. Doyle. She worked at a restaurant during the summer. She said that some of her customers even argued with he

Mrs. Doyle thinks teachers should get paid more. She says, “Yes, I think teachers should get paid an amount that will make it so they can easily afford to live where they teach. We live in a very expensive part of California so being a teacher makes it tough. Although, I would take smaller class sizes next time they negotiate our pay versus a pay raise.” Her classes are big. She spends her time and money on class supplies but keeps it at the minimum. One of her supplies is whiteboards.

Some teachers spend a lot of their own money for their classes because they want their students to enjoy learning and become engaged with it. Some teachers buy yoga balls, comfortable chairs, couches, and more for their students. Teachers are amazing and deserve so much more than they already receive.


  1. Along with teaching us, they often have to babysit us. This, however necessary, may be annoying to older kids and the unhappy vibes spread everywhere. Teachers also sometimes don’t treat their students like their kids. Some teachers dislike you because you’re talkative (*cough Kevin Luu Mrs. Phan’s class). Other times it’s plenty obvious who the teacher’s pet is and who he/she likes the most. So while they should not be paid so little, I also believe they should be paid based on how well they teach their students and how student’s did in their classes. Just an opinion, and I haven’t completely thought this method out yet however.


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