Bible Says Thou Shalt Not Give Teachers A Raise, Argues State Senator

Shadrack McGill teachers raise bibleThere are a lot of arguments out there for why teachers' salaries should be higher or lower. But the Bible must be a new one. Shadrack McGill, a first-term Republican state senator in Alabama, made the case at a prayer breakfast Monday that teachers shouldn't get a raise, because then they'd be drawn to the job for the wrong reasons.

"It's a Biblical principle," he said, while admitting that he wouldn't want to do a teacher's job.

Before launching into his philosophy on teachers' pay, McGill justified the 62 percent pay raise Alabama's legislators had given themselves in 2007 -- over a governor's veto. This brought their salaries to $49,500 a year. Legislators in the state meet for only 30 days a year, so earn $1,650 per day. McGill said the raise made politicians less susceptible to bribes.

But nothing so noble could come from upping teachers' salaries, according to McGill. "If you double a teacher's pay you'll attract people who aren't called to teach. To go and raise someone's child for eight hours a day, or many people's children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. It better be a calling in your life. I know I wouldn't want to do it, OK?"

Not that the Alabama legislature has considered doubling teachers' salaries. However, the Dekalb County Times Journal reports a senator as saying that he would introduce a bill to raise pay by 2.5 percent for the one third of the state's teachers with the least seniority. Public school teachers in Alabama earned an average of $47,156 in 2009-10, according to the National Education Association, the largest teachers' union. The national average was $55,350.

McGill introduced a bill last year that would link legislators' salaries to the average teacher's salary, including benefits. He also claimed that Alabama's teachers pay and benefits totaled $65,000, making it the fourth highest earnings package among teachers in the nation. In terms of just pay, the National Education Association ranks Alabama 35th.

The state senator clarified his comments to the ABC-affiliate WAAY on Thursday, saying that he supports a system that would reward good teachers.

"The point that I was trying to make in the speech is simply that ... things ought to be in balance," he said. "I believe God made everything to be in balance. He weighed the Earth and the valley and the mountains and the hills on a scale to keep them in balance because he knew he was going to be spinning it real fast, so that's the jist of it."

A majority of Americans believe teachers are underpaid, according to a poll of 1,142 registered voters conducted earlier this month by the polling company Poll Position. About 56 percent of respondents said teachers don't make enough money.

About 93 percent of Alabamans, on the other hand, opposed the raise their state lawmakers gave themselves, according to a poll by The Decatur Daily in Northern Alabama.




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Chaz Casa

IF HE BELIEVES THAT GOD MEANT FOR EVERYTHING TO BE IN BALANCE,WOULDN'T THAT MEAN THE POOR SHOULD BE TREATED AND PAID JUST AS FAIRLY AS THE NEXT PERSON????
Oh wait,wait,wait...THAT'S just DIFFERENT!

May 15 2013 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GodHatesHaters

modifying and accommodating for about 125 lesson plans per week. Teachers are not worth the low salaries we are currently giving them in this country. They deserve to not be paid all summer long. They should stretch the already low pay they get over the school year while working 10 or more hours a day 7 days a week for 9 months to pay rents, buy groceries, necessities, and pay their bills like car notes, lights, electricity, cable, etc.. Teachers are the scum of this earth so why should they make enough money to pay their rent, buy groceries, buy necessities, travel to see God's creation, pay bills, pay back student loans? They should become cheaters, liars, theives, and the worse models possible for our kids because we're paying them their worth or for the amount of education they received. Are you nuts? I will not make sure administators, top down, stop making teachers' workplaces miserable, demand of duties unreasonable and unrealistic because teachers don't deserve physiological well being, to feel safe, to belong, to have any self-esteem, nor to experience any self actualization. Nor will I stop holding them accountable in pay and evaluations for what a child allows himself to learn and retain because they control childrens' brains. Teachers are not human, and teacher's certainly don't deserve the American dream. Everyone except teachers and ministers/pastors deserve the American dream. Teachers didn't go to higher education, and teachers don't deserve to live equally (or for some of us) better than us. We all do a service in our job, but their service is less than anyone elses so they deserve less. Damn teachers. Teacher didn't teach me a thing as I receive all my degrees before becoming President, CEO, CFO, owner, doctor, lawyer. Are you crazy? Teachers should not be paid a dime more of my tax dollars. Teachers should suffer. Teachers should not have their physiological, safety, belonging, self-esteem, or self actualizations needs met beyond shoebox sized dreams like small shared roach infested apartments, old beat up cars, travel around their neighborhood, eat the worst food, wear the worst clothes, shoes, purses, and gear possible, and not ever be able to go to an exercise facility because they need to model to my son or daughter this is what happens after a college education.

August 25 2012 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GodHatesHaters

Correction to previous posts:
Are you nuts? Teachers should not be given raises, and certainly they should not be given the increase for cost of living that they have missed over the last 5 years. Are you crazy? Teachers can control what students learn. They control students' brains and tell students' brains exactly what needs to be remembered. Teachers teach students for at least 90 minutes and if teachers make the activity engaging and rigorous enough students will know how to solve problems and recall how to do the problems for the rest of their lives. Are you nuts? Teachers control what students do after the school day because they control students' parents and the student. They tell the student when you get home from school today review and practice what we learned today. If your mom tells you you need to clean up your room, watch your brothers and sisters, you can play NBA2K or go outside and play today, you tell her my teacher said, "I can not do any of those things until I review and practice her work." The student then states that all seven of my teachers told me that I need to do at least 30 minutes of studying so I am not available to do anything for at least 3 hours once I get home from sports practice. The student also says, "I'm so tired I don't understand why I am so tired I just went to school and had about 6 hours of school work." Are you crazy? Teachers do not need a duty free break. All they are doing is babysitting my kids and giving them worksheets. Are you quite out of your mind? Teachers do not need to have a planning block for each subject they teach. They can work for 10 hours at the low salary paid to them and neglect their families or need for love and belonging. Are you nuts? Pay teachers based on their education and the excessive amount of work they do with NCLB and common core. Only certain professionals deserve a salary commensurate to their education not teachers because they are just glorified babysitters. Are you stupid? Teachers don't deserve to reside in places larger than a shoebox. They deserve at most an apartment with a roommate. Are you crazy teachers don't deserve any of the finer things in life, and they certainly do not deserve to see God's beautiful creations throughout the world. Teachers deserve to be locked in their school building behind the 4 walls babysitting our kids while we go to real work. Are you nuts? Teachers don't deserve to have lifestyle choices. They deserve to be poor so that they can look at each student they teach and see how the little pay the country has decided to give them at least is keeping them with their basic needs (for at least 9 months) or at least wishing they chose another profession so that our kids remain in the clueless realms of not being able to compete with China or other countries who value their teachers. Now, I know you are crazy? I will not give exceptional children teacher the hours it takes to do the 20-30 pages of an individualized education plan,

August 25 2012 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GodHatesHaters

Correction to previous posts:
Are you nuts? Teachers should not be given raises, and certainly they should not be given the increase for cost of living that they have missed over the last 5 years. Are you crazy? Teachers can control what students learn. They control students' brains and tell students' brains exactly what needs to be remembered. Teachers teach students for at least 90 minutes and if teachers make the activity engaging and rigorous enough students will know how to solve problems and recall how to do the problems for the rest of their lives. Are you nuts? Teachers control what students do after the school day because they control students' parents and the student. They tell the student when you get home from school today review and practice what we learned today. If your mom tells you you need to clean up your room, watch your brothers and sisters, you can play NBA2K or go outside and play today, you tell her my teacher said, "I can not do any of those things until I review and practice her work." The student then states that all seven of my teachers told me that I need to do at least 30 minutes of studying so I am not available to do anything for at least 3 hours once I get home from sports practice. The student also says, "I'm so tired I don't understand why I am so tired I just went to school and had about 6 hours of school work." Are you crazy? Teachers do not need a duty free break. All they are doing is babysitting my kids and giving them worksheets. Are you quite out of your mind? Teachers do not need to have a planning block for each subject they teach. They can work for 10 hours at the low salary paid to them and neglect their families or need for love and belonging. Are you nuts? Pay teachers based on their education and the excessive amount of work they do with NCLB and common core. Only certain professionals deserve a salary commensurate to their education not teachers because they are just glorified babysitters. Are you stupid? Teachers don't deserve to reside in places larger than a shoebox. They deserve at most an apartment with a roommate. Are you crazy teachers don't deserve any of the finer things in life, and they certainly do not deserve to see God's beautiful creations throughout the world. Teachers deserve to be locked in their school building behind the 4 walls babysitting our kids while we go to real work. Are you nuts? Teachers don't deserve to have lifestyle choices. They deserve to be poor so that they can look at each student they teach and see how the little pay the country has decided to give them at least is keeping them with their basic needs (for at least 9 months) or at least wishing they chose another profession so that our kids remain in the clueless realms of not being able to compete with China or other countries who value their teachers. Now, I know you are cray? I will not give exceptional children teacher the hours it takes to do the 20-30 pages of an individualized education plan, modifyi

August 25 2012 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GodHatesHaters

Are you nuts? Teachers should not be given raises, and certainly they should not be given the increase for cost of living that they have missed over the last 5 years. Are you crazy? Teachers can control what students learn. They control students' brains and tell students' brains exactly what needs to be remembered. Teachers teach students for at least 90 minutes and if teachers make the activity engaging and rigorous enough students will know how to solve problems and recall how to do the problems for the rest of their lives. Are you nuts? Teachers control what students do after the school day because they control students' parents and the student. They tell the student when you get home from school today review and practice what we learned today. If your mom tells you you need to clean up your room, watch your brothers and sisters, you can play NBA2K or go outside and play today, you tell her my teacher said, "I can not do any of those things until I review and practice her work." The student then states that all seven of my teachers told me that I need to do at least 30 minutes of studying so I am not available to do anything for at least 3 hours once I get home from sports practice. The student also says, "I'm so tired I don't understand why I am so tired I just went to school and had about 6 hours of school work." Are you crazy? Teachers do not need a duty free break. All they are doing is babysitting my kids and giving them worksheets. Are you quite out of your mind? Teachers do not need to have a planning block for each subject they teach. They can work for 10 hours at the low salary paid to them and neglect their families or need for love and belonging. Are you nuts? Pay teachers based on their education and the excessive amount of work they do with NCLB and common core. Only certain professionals deserve a salary commensurate to their education not teachers because they are just glorified babysitters. Are you stupid? Teachers don't deserve to reside in places larger than a shoebox or at most an apartment with a roommate. Are you crazy teachers don't deserve any of the finer things in life, and they certainly do not deserve to see God's beautiful creations throughout the world. Teachers deserve to be locked in their school building behind the 4 walls babysitting our kids while we go to real work. Are you nuts? Teachers don't deserve to have lifestyle choices. They deserve to be poor so that they can look at each student they teach and see how the little pay the country has decided to give them at least is keeping them with their basic needs (for at least 9 months) or at least wishing they chose another profession so that our kids remain in the clueless realms of not being able to compete with China or other countries who value their teachers. Now, I know you are cray? I will not give exceptional children teacher the hours it takes to do the 20-30 pages of an individualized education plan, modifying and accommodating for about 3-5 lesson p

August 25 2012 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GodHatesHaters

Are you nuts? The bible says...don't give teachers' raises according to Shadrack McGill, a republican senator in Alabama as posted on http:// jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/02/03/the-bible-says-teachers-shouldnt-get-a-raise. Instead, teachers should owe debts. They should fall behind in paying their mortgages/rent, lights, gas, electricity, etc.; and they especially do not deserve to buy food or necessities that keep increasing in cost.....Are you nuts? Yes, teachers should be paid and graded on whether kids learn or not because teachers' control the brains of all students, well they certainly control students' brains and their capacity to learn for at least for 90 minutes. Teachers' can make students learn.

August 25 2012 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GodHatesHaters

Are you nuts? Teachers should not be given raises, and certainly they should not be given the increase for cost of living that they have missed over the last 5 years. Are you crazy? Teachers can control what students learn. They control students' brains and tell students' brains exactly what needs to remember. Teachers teach students for at least 90 minutes and if teachers make the activity engaging and rigorous enough students will know how to solve problems and recall how to do the problems for the rest of their lives. Are you nuts? Teachers control what students do after the school day because they control students' parents and the student. They tell the student when you get home from school today review and practice what we learned today. If your mom tells you you need to clean up your room, watch your brothers and sisters, you can play NBA2K or go outside and play today, you tell her my teacher said, "I can not do any of those things until I review and practice her work." The student then states that all seven of my teachers told me that I need to do at least 30 minutes of studying so I am not available to do anything for at least 3 hours once I get home from sports practice. The student also says, "I'm so tired I don't understand why I am so tired I just went to school and had about 6 hours of school work." Are you crazy? Teachers do not need a duty free break. All they are doing is babysitting my kids and giving them worksheets. Are you quite out of your mind? Teachers do not need to have a planning block for each subject they teach. They can work for 10 hours at the low salary paid to them and neglect their families or need for love and belonging. Are you nuts? Pay teachers based on their education and the excessive amount of work they do with NCLB and common core. Only certain professionals deserve a salary commensurate to their education not teachers because they are just glorified babysitters. Are you stupid? Teachers don't deserve to reside in places larger than a shoebox or at most an apartment with a roommate. Are you crazy teachers don't deserve any of the finer things in life, and they certainly do not deserve to see God's beautiful creations throughout the world. Teachers deserve to be locked in their school building behind the 4 walls babysitting our kids while we go to real work. Are you nuts? Teachers don't deserve to have lifestyle choices. They deserve to be poor so that they can look at each student they teach and see how the little pay the country has decided to give them at least is keeping them with their basic needs (for at least 9 months) or at least wishing they chose another profession so that our kids remain in the clueless realms of not being able to compete with China or other countries who value their teachers. Now, I know you are cray? I will not give exceptional children teacher the hours it takes to do the 20-30 pages of an individualized education plan, modifying and accommodating for about 3-5 lesson plans.

August 25 2012 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John in exile

This fellow gives hypocrisy a bad name. How can you explain that the voters of Alabama can elect and reelect someone like this?

March 01 2012 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeslats

oh crap get the bible out of our life

February 06 2012 at 6:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mel

Isn't some kind of.... formal education required to hold office? Obviously this boob did not pay attention, or skipped it all together.

February 06 2012 at 6:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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