Worth and workers


Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 10:53 p.m.

The letter (Jan. 11) from a teacher with 31 years experience decries the higher starting pay and benefits offered detention officers relative to classroom teachers.

He feels we should be upset because "... a detention officer is worth more to our society. ... "

I am upset that someone who believes that an employee's pay correlates with the occupation's "worth" to society has been teaching our children for 31 years.

Worth as judged by whom?

This only occurs in non-free socialist (communist) nations. In free nations, pay is determined by individual decisions, which is required to attract a sufficient number of competent employees to do the work.

Perhaps we should be paying our teachers more.

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