Every now and again, some reporting generates such a level of outrage that one ought to let some little time pass before putting pen to paper, or in this day and age, fingers to keyboard. Well, here's the latest such. To be frank, I can't tell whether the Editors of the NYT are attempting to show the Trumpistas that even the Failing New York Times understands and has mucho sympathy for the plight of the highly paid yet uneducated and unskilled (and increasingly unemployed) in the Empty Counties.

Or, one might hope, the intent is to provide transparency into their arrogance and self-entitlement. Who knows?

At age 28, Mr. Zmija, like most of the coal mineworkers here, has not lost faith in the industry. He is considering applying for a coal job in Alabama, or he may return to his old mine job in Maryland, although it pays far less than the $106,000 he made last year at 4 West. A sign in his living room says, "I'm a proud coal miner."

Still, he grumbles about the turn of fortune at 4 West, saying, "It feels like a slap in the face."

Right. And how much does a school teacher, a person whom you've likely never paid any attention to, make? $35,000 minimum and $40,275 average. Now, that's fair, right?

So, for those who still think that micro-quants are the bee's knees and the macro-folk are just politics, consider such a distortion. Or not.

William Laviolette, a 26-year-old maintenance worker at the mine who made roughly $55,000 last year, said that if he didn't find another mine job, he would go back to school to get his high school degree.

Some how, I don't think his heart is in it. After all, he'd be taking a giant step down if he goes on to get a BA in education and gets a position teaching other members of the uneducated elite.

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Comment by koshersalaami on January 28, 2018 at 1:39pm

Teachers are underpaid

Comment by Robert Young on January 28, 2018 at 1:53pm

or, miners make way too much.  granted, working in a coal mine is dirtier than a classroom, but isn't income supposed to be remuneration for skill???  not any more.

Comment by alsoknownas on January 28, 2018 at 2:17pm

I wouldn't take $55K or even $106K for black lung disease, high school diploma or not.

Comment by koshersalaami on January 28, 2018 at 2:40pm

Renumeration for skill and for supply and demand. I’d take less money to teach than to go down in mines. 

Comment by Ron Powell on January 28, 2018 at 3:22pm

The 20 countries where teachers are paid the best and the worst

Skye Gould and Chris Weller

Jan. 15, 2016, 2:45 PM 54,469
Excuse us while we pack our bags and plan our new lives as teachers in Luxembourg.

According to new data released by the OECD, the starting salary for a high school teacher with no experience in the country is $73,000. The peak salary for a veteran teacher is $131,000.

The OECD's full data set reveals a yawning gap between the highest and lowest paid teachers around the world. When converted to US dollars, many of the salaries fall well short of the average American teacher, who makes $37,000 starting out and approximately $60,000 at the upper end.

Purchasing power does vary depending on a country's wealth, which means the Colombian teacher making the equivalent of $6,000 a year likely can make that money go farther than someone could in a richer country.

Overall, however, the OECD data shows just how much variance exists around the world - not just in what teachers normally make, but in how much or little their salaries can increase with time.

In South Korea, for example, teachers start out making $22,000. After they've put 10 years under their belt, that bumps up to $34,000. Then for those who've stayed in the game the longest, incomes hover around $62,000.

In Germany, meanwhile, teachers begin pretty much near the top of their pay scale. Starting salaries run around $46,000 and top out at $60,000.

Only in Luxembourg, one of the richest countries in the world, can an inexperienced teacher expect to make more on her first day than teachers in all other countries can hope to make in their entire careers.



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