I am reminded through the news, or during conversations with friends, or even when I reflect on my own career and life, that we often measure one’s value within society based on monetary contribution to the U.S. Gross National Product.
Ironically, these may be very highly educated individuals; mothers, fathers, students, volunteers, educators, and others, who have chosen to focus on something other than making money.
My favorite reflection on money and teachers is by Taylor Mali.
Please take a look at this three minute video of “What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali
I think it reminds each of us, and all of us collectively, that value may be measured in a variety of manners and the amount of money one makes is not the most effective measure of one’s value.