Archive for August, 2011


Monday, August 15th, 2011

The highest paid executives in the country make hundreds of millions of dollars each year. A favorite athlete makes tens of millions of dollars and the hottest, top careers make hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many of them relied on an education to get them where they are today.

So why is it that some of the worst-paid people in this country are those that are educating our children?

As we head back to school, the next KTWU I’VE GOT ISSUES (IGI) the program focuses on TEACHER PAY: WORTH AND VALUE on Wednesday, August 24 at 7 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

How often have we heard, “You need a good education, if you want to make it in this world!”? So where do you get this thing called a good education? Most of us get it from people called teachers.

According to a McKinsey study, research shows that of all the controllable factors in an education system, the most important– by far– is the effectiveness of the classroom teacher. And today more than ever before, teacher effectiveness has become a major education reform issue.

In August, IGI will tackle the complicated ideology of worth and value. Specifically, the monetary worth of a classroom teacher and the monetary value that our society places on their skill and dedication. 

IGI will ask teachers why they chose teaching and discuss their expectations, hopes and fears. Teachers will tell about family and friends in other professions and the financial differences related to their jobs and responsibilities.

As a society we have great expectations of our teachers and we want the very best for our children. Are teachers adequately compensated? Does the profession fairly reflect the value and worth of the people in it?  IGI invites the viewer to be the judge.

Also on the next IGI program in Money Matters, we visit Highland Park High School and learn about their tutoring program for students there. Thanks to an education-building grant, the school can supply tutors for all kinds of needs. If a student is still lacking in skills, we talk to Sylvan Learning Center to see about the costs and benefits of outside tutoring.

And in this month’s health segment, the spotlight is on “Healthy Foods on a Budget”. Celeste Hajek will show you how to look for and find healthy food items by simply being a smart shopper. She will suggest several alternatives for cheaper food purchases and ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Links to information presented in the program and further resources are available online at under the I’VE GOT ISSUES button on the homepage.

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