Alabama State Senator Thinks Increasing Teacher Pay Goes Against A ‘Biblical Principle’

Alabama State Senator Thinks Increasing Teacher Pay Goes Against A ...

 According to Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McGill (R), the Bible says that increasing teacher salaries would only lead to less-qualified teachers. McGill said at a prayer breakfast that doubling teachers’ salaries — starting pay for Alabama teachers begins at $36,144 — would not help education. In fact, he said that keeping teacher pay low is a “Biblical principle“:

If you double a teacher’s pay scale, you’ll attract people who aren’t called to teach.

“To go in and raise someone’s child for eight hours a day, or many people’s children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. It better be a calling in your life. I know I wouldn’t want to do it, OK?

“And these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It’s just in them to do. It’s the ability that God give ‘em. And there are also some teachers, it wouldn’t matter how much you would pay them, they would still perform to the same capacity.

“If you don’t keep that in balance, you’re going to attract people who are not called, who don’t need to be teaching our children. So, everything has a balance.”

McGill found justification in the Bible for not increasing teacher pay, but he evidently found nothing in scripture preventing him from approving a 67 percent pay increase for legislators in 2007, which increased annual salaries for the part-time legislators from $30,710 to $49,500. He said that the higher pay helped to stop corruption.

A 2011 report showed that while Alabama teachers have the highest starting salaries in the nation, the state lags far behind the national average for teacher pay. Currently, a part-time legislator in Alabama is making more than a full-time teacher with a Master’s degree and 15 years of experience.

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Worthy of note, this cupcake McGill doesn't think much of the separation between church and state:

"I don't believe you keep God out of state. Church represents the body of Christ, Christ being the head of that body. No, I don't believe in that separation," said Sen. McGill. [with thanks to TalkToAction.org]

Further ... I wonder if he would consider public service (i.e. serving as a senator) as a calling, as I'm sure others of his ilk do?

I have been following the adventures of this Senator on various blogs. I'd call this the cherry on the cake.

you’re going to attract people who are not called, who don’t need to be teaching our children

He is afraid of attracting people with the right qualifications and a good dose of ambition. Imagine having intelligent, well paid teachers. What a disaster that would be.  

there's no need to massage or entertain the notion; f minus and "f u!" to that guy

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