Teachers: Education Key to Relevancy, Better Pay

Go to school. Teach six class periods. Come home. Grade papers. Do your own homework. Sleep and repeat. Thus cycles the life of high school science teacher Melissa Anderson, who earned 15 credits toward a master’s degree while teaching full time last school year. At this rate she’ll finish a two-year, 30-credit graduate program by December. Hundreds of local teachers live this routine—at varying levels—every day. According to records obtained from the Oshkosh Area School District in Wisconsin, 39 percent of the district’s 840 teachers earned an average of five graduate credits in each of the last two school years.

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(The Northwestern 09.08.09)

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