Guest Lecture Reflection Essay

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The guest lecture by Peter Mills, last Thursday, was highly informative for many reasons. Peter Mills brought in a vast amount of Maine political knowledge. Mills spent time in both the Maine Senate and Maine House of Representatives and recently ran for Governor of Maine. Today Mills is the executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority and was chosen for this position by Governor Paul Lepage.
The most important insight that Peter Mills left us was his opinion and rationale for paying teachers more. I am a secondary education major, so this insight was rather enticing to me. I would have to agree with Mills opinion on this, but not for the sake of just paying teachers more. If we want our school systems to get better, then paying more for teacher’s salaries could certainly be a step in the right direction. I would assume that if a teachers salary was doubled, then it would lead to a rising slope of more people entering the education field. Presumably, I would imagine more people out of the science and math fields would enter the education field, because as I see it, many of those people in those fields tend to migrate towards higher paying jobs. Therefore, that means many of the nations best and brightest do not become educators. Rather, they would want a more extravagant lifestyle, then what a teachers salary entails. Attending college for four years and then only being paid a salary of approximately thirty thousand dollars is demoralizing. That is not that much over the poverty level and it takes quite a few years to raise an educator’s salary. If merit pay, or just an overall increase of salary is adopted into the education field, then it sounds rather enticing and hopefully would create a positive affect. I know certainly if I were paid merit pay, I would certainly give it my best effort. One should not forget though, that not all students are created equal in the cognitive sphere, so merit pay would have its issues. Some teachers could be giving optimal effort, but the students just may be a factor in the reasoning of why there is difficulty. Many students with disabilities are mainstreamed and I certainly cannot see holding them at the same rung as all the other students.
One certain aspect that was discussed in our class and shared by Peter Mills is that he spoke of the citizens legislate and how it consists of very few rich people. Mills said that the legislature consists of mostly modest people, like teachers, small business owners and doctors. There are only a few doctors in the legislative branch, but they are on the...

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