Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma

Key & Peele - TeachingCenter

Boyd Maxwell and Perry Schmidt report on the latest developments in the exciting world of pro teaching. Watch more Key & Peele:

I find this really hilarious with its fair share of social undertones. Key & Peele parody Sports Center-type shows by replacing them with a segment on "pro-teaching."

It made me wonder: Why do we idolize sports stars so much? Is the pay gap between pro athletes and teachers, for example, fair?

I had an economics professor in my freshman fall at college who argued that this was a ridiculous question. "Of course it's 'fair'!" she said. Prices and payouts are a result of consumer demand. People care a lot more about watching NFL than documentaries about nature or going to talk to teachers, and the pay gap is the result.

There is no doubt that teachers should be paid more, given the importance of their work and the importance of incentivizing qualified people to apply for teaching jobs. But the question of "fairness" is a bit trickier. How much of a pay gap would be warranted, and how much is absurd? I find myself oscillating between the extremes.