Low Pay in ‘Helping’ Professions Creates a Moral Dilemma for Colleges
Kathryn Masterson, Work Shift
For decades, society has paid low wages for the jobs of caring for others—teaching young children, caring for infants or the elderly, providing support to families as a counselor or social worker. The real reward, it was implied, had more to do with the personal satisfaction of helping others.
Meanwhile, colleges didn’t need to think about the ethics or moral implications of that reasoning. Their job was to provide education for people interested in those fields—and to help their region’s economy by providing the trained workers needed. That thinking may be shifting.