Being a teacher and a leader in a local unit of National Education Assn., I found Harry Bernstein's column on salaries for teachers and nurses most interesting. A few comments:
First, there are those who say that teachers shouldn't make demands because they should be more concerned about children than themselves.
This logic would suggest that pediatricians take small fees because they have the privilege of working with children. It makes no sense to say that because a person spends a large portion of the day with children means that he or she should take great satisfaction in getting underpaid.
Others tell me that teachers should not join associations involved in collective bargaining because they are professional and not merely labor.