Sting Says Teachers Should Be Paid More

MEXICO CITY -- School teacher-turned-rock star Sting says teacher salaries must be raised to attract society's best minds into classrooms.

Sting spoke to reporters Saturday in Mexico City before a $550-a-ticket concert.

The show is part of a fundraising "Learning for Life" tour that supports education in developing countries.

Sting, the former leader of the British rock band The Police, said: "One of the most important jobs in the planet is to teach children. Our entire future depends on children being educated."

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  • by Baker Location: Williamston on May 23, 2010 at 03:11 AM
    Clear the dead weight of these sorry teachers we have now, then raise the salaries for the great minds you are talking about. These duds in the classrooms now aren't worth the salaries they are getting now. Baykha!!!
  • by Teacher on May 11, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    While I agree that some parents have should have the right to teach their children at home, I know there must be more accountability. The test the students must take is not adequate. I have only known two students to leave the homeschool environment and be successful in a traditional high school. Most students are very behind. The majority of high school students who I have dealt with either drop out of school, or must return to the homeschool environment. The ones who are successful have college educated parents who are willing to spend the time and MONEY to give their children the best. Poorly educated and underpriviledged parents do not have the means needed to provide the materials, equipment and resources. Thank you Sting for realizing the future depends on the education of our children.
  • by ha on May 11, 2010 at 02:41 PM
    Yeah, that being said as teacher's are being let go. However, I can't agree with Sting more.
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Wow Paula Bertan, are you for real or was that a joke?
  • by Lisa on May 10, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    Anyone who teaches children should know how to write a proper sentence, spell, and use correct grammar. If you plan to advocate for a group, please be able to properly represent that group. It sounds like we have at least two students in North Carolina who have an inadequate teacher.
  • by Leslie Location: Pitt Co on May 10, 2010 at 04:28 AM
    Our society values celebrities-not teachers, police, firefighters, nurses, etc. Education should the priority-not just lip service.
  • by To Paula Bertan: on May 10, 2010 at 01:35 AM
    Sounds like Skylar and Kaycie won't be getting a proper education either.
  • by Wow Location: E. NC on May 9, 2010 at 08:32 PM
    I sure hope Mrs. Bertan gets someone else to teach her kids English!
  • by Paula Bertan Location: Bayboro on May 9, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    I never heard of this Sting but if more people homeschooled their chidren there would not be the problems we have today kids go to schools and get in trouble. They get drugs and pregnat in them schools thats why I homeshool becase I provide them with solid Christian values and my kids Skylar and Kaycie wont get drugs at home or pregnant
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    And rock stars should be paid less to discourage kids from becoming worthless drug addicts?
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