The last few days this story has been making the rounds on various blogs and news outlets.
[Also, see how teachers’ unions undermine parental control and interests.]
But is Damon Right?
Is Matt Damon Right That Teachers Make a “Shitty” Salary? – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine: “At last Saturday’s ‘Save Our Schools’ rally, a fairly livid actor Matt Damon told Reason.tv that teachers make a ‘shitty’ salary. Is the Oscar winner right about that? The short answer is no. The longer answer? Also no. According to Department of Education statistics for 2007-2008 (the most recent year listed), the average public school teacher brought in a bit over $53,000 in “total school-year and summer earned income.” That figure, which is about $13,000 more than what the average private-school teacher gets in straight salary, does not include health and retirement benefits, places where teachers almost always get better deals and bigger employer contributions than the typical private-sector worker. For more on teacher compensation, go here. An average salary of $53,000 may not be much for a movie star such as Damon, but it’s a pretty good wage when compared to U.S. averages. Indeed, the Census Bureau reports that median household income in 2008 was $52,000.”