Are Principals "Middle Class"?

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There's a debate going on over at Matthew Yglesias' blog about, among other things, whether being a principal is middle class or not.  That made me wonder what everyone thought.  On one hand, it's not a high status job outside of education.  On the other hand, the pay is pretty good and the degree (EdD or PhD) is pretty fancy.  On the other hand, it's an education degree.  On the other hand...What do you think -- and why?

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  • To me a principal is the definition of middle class, as is a teacher. A solid government job with above-average pay and good benefits.

  • Definitely middle class. . . in salary, appearance, presentation, prestige and power. Anyone can be a principal. In other industries, money and promotions are earned. In education, you take classes.

  • Definitely middle class. . . in salary, presentation, prestige and power. Anyone can be a principal. In other industries, money and promotions are earned. In education, you take classes.

  • There is a difference between middle class and middle income. Many principals demonstrate hatred and abuse of power against their teachers that I would consider them as low class ghetto professionals. You can have middle class values and earn less than six figures.

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