Teachers will always play an important and integral part in education. Consequently, it is important to understand issues that impact teachers so that a high-quality and effective teaching corps can be maintained. At the same time, it is critically important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to issues that impact teachers.

Teacher pay is always an area of great contention. Teacher unions and other groups maintain that teachers are not paid enough. Others look more comprehensively at total compensation and note that benefits granted to teachers are relatively generous, and that teachers work fewer hours, on average, each year than other professions.