A Salary Double Standard: Up With Teachers, Down With Doctors?

doctorsvsteachersPay teachers more. Shrink class sizes. Upgrade classroom materials. These are the standard positions taken by teachers’ unions and their political allies on the left. The belief is that more school spending, especially on across-the-board pay raises for teachers, is essential to improving education.These views are mistaken. Teachers are not underpaid, and total education spending — which has more than doubled in real terms since the 1970s, with little change in test scores — is wasteful and excessive. But that’s not the point I want to make here. What I really find striking is that the Left treats teachers in the opposite way that it treats doctors.Liberal commentators frequently argue that the single-payer aspect of Medicare is a cost-saver because the government uses its concentrated purchasing power to negotiate lower prices from doctors and other health-care providers…

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