The Movie Star, the Minister and Ms.Cue
February 3, 2007
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On Friday night, I attended my son’s basketball game, and as I sat in the stands I noticed that to the right of me sat one of the most famous movie stars in the world… I don’t want to mention his name, but my guess is that he makes about 20 million dollars per movie. He is an A-list actor and one of my favorites.
To my left was a lady by the name of Ms. Cue. Ms. Cue is a middle school teacher in South L.A., and 70 percent of her students are foster kids. In fact, 70 percent of the entire school is made up of foster kids. I don’t know what she makes, but I would guess somewhere between 30 to 40 thousand dollars.
Now even if my numbers are a tad bit off, it still speaks to part of the problem with our society. The movie star makes millions PER MOVIE and our school teachers make thousands PER YEAR. I would also like to add that the value and worth of that Christian, God-fearing teacher deserves to be paid FAR more than ANY actor or actress. I am not against anyone making a lot of money; that is not my issue. My problem is that our priorities as a nation are reflected in these numbers.
Recently, Kobe Bryant was suspended for one game, and he had to forfeit his salary for that one game. It was over $160,000.00 dollars FOR ONE GAME! Meanwhile, the firefighters, the police officers, the nurses and the school teachers barely get by. Something seems wrong. I wish I knew the answer. But I wanted to write and thank Ms. Cue and all the other school teachers in our world who could easily be making more money in other professions, but they have chosen to serve our children and our nation by teaching in our public and private schools.
May each of you be blessed for your service and your sacrifice.