It’s a teacher’s dream

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

The Wall Street Journal notes that teachers are finding higher pay and growing options in Covid pods:

Krissy Rand has more than a decade of experience teaching special education to elementary school students, most recently in the Salem, Mass., public school district. She calls last spring’s remote teaching a nightmare, and was disheartened to learn about her school’s Covid-19 fall guidelines. With no library or gym time, “you’re basically a prisoner in your classroom,” she says.

The 39-year-old Ms. Rand put out her résumé. Eight groups of families contacted her within three days. She now makes more money teaching six first-graders from six families in Wellesley, Mass. They are following their public school’s curriculum, and she’s added cooking, yoga and earth sciences, with lots of hands-on experiments. She loves that there are no rules and administrative red tape, and no sitting through long meetings.

“It’s a teacher’s dream,” she says. “The day flies by.”


Depending on qualifications and experience, pod size and region, teachers can earn hourly rates starting at $40 in learning pods, ranging from a few hours a day to a full-time, five-day a week position, says Waine Tam, CEO of Selected. That company helps families and schools source and hire teachers, and has placed teachers in pods in 42 states.

The national average public school teacher salary for 2018–19 was $62,304, according to the National Education Association.

I’m reminded of Michael Strong’s How to Give Your Child an Expensive Private Education — For Less Than $3,000 per Year.


  1. Bullwinkle says:

    The free market will prevail.

    It would be far cheaper and moral to privately pay for Fire protection, Security, Teachers and similar services rather than through confiscatory taxation.

    Unfortunately those that pay for such services privately must still pay the confiscatory taxes.

  2. Milo Mindbender says:

    This is a excellent idea, and I would love to see it reproduced coast to coast, but if it is being done on the local scale I would like to see a refund or repeal of the education/school portion of the local property taxes. My youngest child was 20 when I moved to the county I am in now, and out of 2900$ property tax 2000 is earmarked as schools. I do not benefit from this, and someone with children in lockdown isn’t either.

    I know the local pols will never consider allowing that revenue stream to reflect the fact that school has essentially been dismissed since February, and virtual education is as meaningful as a fortune telling session with miss cleo.

  3. RLVC says:

    Most offensively, a teacher working fifty hours per week, nine months per year, and receiving sixty-two thousand dollars, is collecting an effective hourly rate of thirty-four dollars per hour, so “higher pay and growing options” appear to consist of a raise of about seventeen percent.

    Second most offensively, are they really calling them pods? What the fuck.

    Third most offensively, how was Alex Jones right about everything?

    Fourth most offensively,

    Fifth most offensively, what the fuck, how was Alex Jones right about everything?

  4. John in Philly says:

    I would have liked to see the hourly wage, and a breakdown of benefits.

    Many teachers still fall under the umbrella of medical benefits and retirement packages.

    A contracted teacher gets an hourly salary.

  5. Jim says:

    “The free market will prevail.”

    What is a “free market”, why will it “prevail”, does it mean anything or are you trying to bamboozle me with a synonym for “international bankers”, does it involve me being richer than God and you working for peanuts in my pencil factory industrial educational facility, and if it doesn’t then why should I support it?

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