Persuasive Speeches

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Teachers Deserve a Raise

A very smart man once said, “Behind every great man is an even greater woman.” What he forgot to include: “Before any great man became a great man, he had an even greater teacher.” The debate: Do teachers deserve a raise? ABSOLUTELY, they do. The number one reason this group deserves higher pay is simple: A higher salary would entice more people, who could, potentially, become amazing teachers and inspirations, to try the profession. You never know until you try. How many potentially earth-moving teachers has America lost because these people had no choice but to take jobs that would allow them room to breathe financially? We will never know. How many lives could have been changed by these people had they chosen to teach? We will never know. How many men and women now sleep on the streets instead of the penthouse because the teacher that could have inspired them had to take another job with a more competitive salary? We will never know. What we do know is to be a teacher, one must possess a college degree, which means tuition expenses, and a license, which means testing fees. It is hard to ask someone to dedicate their life to a profession that sends the message: “You give, and we’ll give you a mountain of paperwork, long hours, and rude students in return.” This nation is in need of good teachers. Raise the annual salary to entice potentially life-changing mentors. Raise the salary, raise the desirability of the profession. Raise the salary, raise the children of this nation by nurturing hands, not starving hands. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Benjamin Franklin, Barak Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison: What do these names have in common? At some point in the life of each of these historical figures, he/she encountered a teacher who challenged him/her to want to achieve great things. Teachers cause light bulbs to go off in the minds of students. Can you imagine how bright this world could...
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