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Compared To What

There has always been a gap
between the wages of our first educators
and the masters of professional sports
priorities tell us a lot

Historically the early learning teachers
were predominantly female
and a justification falsely made
these employees didn’t need much

As the high school and college experience
gained respectability and allure
the president, chancellor, dean
gained stature

Taken to another level as
administrators at higher institutions
controlled White Houses
became captains of industry

But the elementary teacher
the after school educators
the daycare workers remained
behind with compensation

The wealth of the athletes
pushed compensation to a high
and was accompanied
by a dramatic increase in influence

So much can said about values
in what educators earn for
shaping and molding young minds
while economically so far behind

The pro athlete working capitalism
for all it is worth and pointing
to a limited time in prime form
and owners with open pocket books

While public educators subjected to
the limitations of taxes and
average daily attendance
longer tenures in the profession

The gap between the two will
always be in fashion
but is it inconceivable that
it can be reduced?

Wonder with funding both a function
of state and local policy
will a public push drive
us to honoring the agents of knowledge?
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