But seriously, there are many benefits when you enjoy teaching. One of the most important being that you get to inspire kids to reach their full potential. A teacher with passion will trigger something inside kids that can never be burnt and that kind of education is priceless.
Statistics have shown that American teachers are not paid well, especially when compared to other countries. Take Finland which is “everyone’s favorite educational success story.” Teachers in Finland are paid between 10 to 20 percent more than Americans.
There are other countries that don’t have the label of "an educational success story" and still, teachers are paid more than America teachers. Ones in Luxembourg, for instance, are paid almost 80 percent more than American teachers. For French teachers, it’s 55 percent more and for the English, it’s 20 percent more.
The difference in pay for American teachers compared to other teachers in Europe is a significant one. And now, American teachers are having to do more with their salary. Due to budget cuts, teachers are now often expected to supply their students with classroom supplies bought out of their own money.
She was featured on Facebook, with the caption: “This Tulsa teacher made a bold statement on Tuesday as she has resorted to panhandling in order to raise money, so she can buy the supplies needed to teach her students. She's been an educator since 96' and she says the problem keeps getting worse.” The protest wasn’t a complete fail.
In just six minutes, Danks made $55. The teacher did note that the protest was not about the money. She wanted to raise awareness about budget cuts and to make people realize that “teachers in Oklahoma are among the worst paid in the nation.”
“It all adds up week after week and month after month,” Danks explained. “So, it’s a huge need. I mean, we are begging. We don't want to call it that, but this kind of shows that it is,” Danks told WCVB5, adding that teachers across the country are suffering from budget cuts.