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04/13/18

Zaina Cahill Responds to New York Times Magazine article “Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?”

Zaina Cahill, Early Childhood Director, shares her insight on the challenges facing providers to adequately compensate teachers.

Zaina Cahill, Early Childhood Director, shares her insight on the challenges facing providers to adequately compensate teachers.

“The children were ravenous for their teacher. And for each moment that she focused exclusively on the little blond boy, she risked losing the rest of her class to irrevocable anarchy.”
excerpt “Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?”New York Times Magazine, 1/9/18

The children in Kejo Kelly’s Massachusetts preschool classroom are much like the children in preschool classrooms around the country. The children in an early childhood classroom demand constant attention for the entirety of the school day – including attention to what they are attending to, opportunities for “teachable moments”, and, of course, the never-ending string of problem solving and/ or safety situations that present themselves in the early childhood environment on a daily basis, as discussed in the January 2018 New York Times Magazine article “Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?” by Jeneen Interlandi. Furthermore, while these demands are, of course, also laid on teachers of older children, they are put on the early childhood educator for a full day of care, often 8-10 hours, as compared to the 6-7 hours of the elementary school classroom. To make matters more challenging, teachers in this environment are making an average wage of $10/ hour, and less than $30,000/ year.

To read Zaina Cahill’s full response, please visit Becker’s School Supplies Blog:
https://www.shopbecker.com/blog/professional-development/_/why-our-most-important-teachers-paid-the-least

 
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