Some time in the recent past, I saw an ad in the Help Wanted section of the Piqua, Ohio newspaper, looking for candidates to take the Civil Service exam for a position as a police officer or as a fire fighter. The police officer starting salary was about $50,500 and the firefighter salary was about $49,500. Neither position had an education requirement, but a 2-year degree in Law Enforcement was sure helpful to become a police officer.
To be a public school teacher in Ohio, one must obtain a bachelors degree in education and then pass a state certification test. On top of that, once one gets hired as a public school teacher, one must obtain a master’s degree in education within five years.
The starting salary for a teacher with a bachelors degree in the Piqua School District is less than $30,000 a year.
So, a person can go to college for four years and make $29,000 a year OR go to college for two years and make $50,000 a year.
Kinda tells us how we, as a society, value education, doesn’t it?