Edupreneurs: Could Teachers Become the Next Batch of Startup Entrepreneurs?
When comedian Rodney Dangerfield uttered the words, “I don’t get no respect,” millions of teachers and adjunct professors might have been nodding in agreement. According to a GEMS Foundation survey of 21 countries, Americans think of teachers at about the same level as librarians — meaning that they are not valued as highly as in other countries such as China, where they are perceived by over 33% of people as being at the same level as doctors. Only about 5% of Americans surveyed see teachers that way.
Are American Educators Valued?
Someone might posit that while education is valued in America, maybe teachers or the curriculum or both are not so valued. It’s a sad commentary on the education system, regardless of who is to blame. It’s a catch-22 situation: education is important, but we do not value the educators, the education system or maybe both. As possible evidence of the lowered value of educators, consider both grade school teachers and adjunct professors.