Although professional actors, athletes and teachers commonly belong to unions, it always seems like actors and athletes are getting a better deal. What It’s Like on the Inside contemplates what it would be like to negotiate teacher salaries in the same fashion as the film and sports industries.
If you're a superstar teacher who gets results in student learning and achievement (however defined by the organization), why not have the ability to contract for a commensurate salary? Why should you be stuck at the same wage as a teacher who does little more than surf the net while kids fill out worksheets every day? Shouldn't school districts compete for the best talent they can get?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.