Teachers Don’t Deserve a Pay Raise

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Landon Mion | @landon_mion

Elizabeth Warren has stated many times that if she is president, her administration will work to increase the pay of teachers, paraprofessionals, school staff, and school leaders. She makes the claim that public schools are underfunded and that teachers are not treated as professionals in terms of pay.

However, Warren is likely operating under a bias as a former public school teacher when she is lobbying for higher salaries. She has firsthand knowledge of what teachers get paid, so one would think she would be the ideal person to speak on the issue. Yet, flaws run deeply through her proposal.

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Is College a Gilded Cage?

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Dylan Palmer | @dylanpalmer22

We’ve heard it all before. The mountainous debt, constant partying, and falling academic quality offered by many universities across the nation have begun to call the value of an undergraduate degree into question. Yet, more and more students head into college. Why are we, the nation’s youth, so prepared to cast ourselves into tens of thousands of dollars in debt for an increasingly devalued, but increasingly expensive, piece of paper? The answer is one part psychological and one part cultural – but all parts social.

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Education in Firearm Safety Will Limit Gun Violence

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 Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

As mass shootings make their rounds in the news, the conversation about gun control is on everyone’s minds. However, basic education in firearm safety often is not. Legislators and lobbyists run themselves ragged writing bills they think will pass. It is a game of Democrats and Republicans playing tug-of-war with the repealing and reinstatement of gun laws. It takes over TV and radio with shouty gun-nuts and weepy children. Commentators and journalists often forget the measures and laws to prevent shootings already exist. They forget the main issues contributing to gun violence are poverty and ineffective law enforcement. We will never solve these root issues because the politicians voting on them know little about poverty and law enforcement, and less about firearms.   

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Privatized Education Will Save American Schools

Nickolas Roberson | United States

This past month of February, teachers in West Virginia, California, Colorado, Arizona, Kentucky, and Oklahoma have been leaving their classrooms to take part in strikes all in the name of increasing wages, compensation, and school funding. Their numbers ranged from the hundreds to the tens of thousands depending on the state. Their demands have ranged as well, from a salary increase of few thousand dollars to salary increase of $11,000 dollars, the grand sum of these demands is that teachers want more from the government– in the name of themselves, their families, and especially their students. However, rather than receiving more tax dollars from state and federal governments, there is a better, more sustainable solution; privatize the education system.

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