Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#1968: Shadrack McGill

Shadrack McGill is a former Alabama state senator (until 2014) most famous for his 2012 argument against raising teachers’s pay: raising teachers’ pay too much, according to McGill, would “attract people who aren’t called to teach. To go in and raise someone’s child for eight hours a day, or many people’s children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. […] And these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It’s just in them to do. It’s the ability that God give ’em.” Apparently, not raising teachers’ pay “is a Biblical principle”. Of course, McGill had, at that point, just voted for a bill that almost doubled his own pay. When called to defend that choice, he failed miserably.

McGill is also opposed to the separation of church and state, pointing out that “we were established to be a godly nation, a Christian nation. We need God in government. We need God in the public school.” Otherwise, his political positions were mostly what you’d expect.

Diagnosis: (Former) state senator in Alabama.

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