ok lets solve the worlds money problems by giving everyone a million pounds. So if everyone is a millionare (lets ignore where the money comes from for simplicity) do you honestly think that prices of things will stay the same. Same with degrees if more people have them the wage difference between having one and not pay wise would shrink as in theory its a (for want of a better term) a premium item. The more people who have them the less premium it becomes.
With some things, the value is entirely within the thing or the experience of the thing.
If lots more people choose to become teachers then schools could pick the best from a large pool, so yes wages might go down but teaching quality would go up but then if wages went down less people would choose to teach......Quote:
Same with degrees if more people have them the wage difference between having one and not pay wise would shrink as in theory its a (for want of a better term) a premium item. The more people who have them the less premium it becomes.
We tried too with the SSSNB, which I think if it had continued would eventually have produced far more flexible pay brackets (and job specs that don't date from 2005 and still mention Windows 2000) much in the manner of the new STPCD framework. *Sigh*...
The whole 'prepares them for working life' argument is flawed, as 'work' is now so varied that there isn't a catch-all. There are also countless studies that show productivity taking a nosedive the longer you spend on task. 9-5 is fine if you're on an assembly line, but for creative and intellectually challenging/stimulating work (which, let's face it, is what you want from education), I'd rather have a good couple of hours of output than a whole day spent wringing a meagre amount from them.
Some private schools already have their own payscales for teachers. Many, like the one I work for, do not and teachers are on national payscales.
Support staff at my school are not on national scales, not are we particularly well remunerated. Such is the evil of trying to run a school that is wholly reliant on fee income, it means that in the independent sector pay rises are harder to come by and annual increments unheard of independents.