Howard Stephenson would say the only good teachers are found in charter and
private schools. Public schools are a drain on society and should be eliminated.
D-news your article must be inaccurate, there is no good in the public education
system. Just ask Howie!
Ah, the noble teacher. The media loves them when they do their job because of
their passion for education. They do not love seeing them paid a decent wage
for their work. The Deseret News is a leader in teacher bullying. Utah
teachers are probably the worst-compensated education professionals in the
nation, yet the vast majority of DN reporting is on trashing the teachers and
praising any alternative that moves. It is a collective shame on a state that
should value their children and those who endeavor to teach them. When you pay
for substandard quality while demanding top quality, someone is being
cheated.Ever wonder how there can be "No Child Left
Behind" if it's a "Race to the Top?"
Utah schools are below average when adjusted for demographics. Primary
reasons?1) Too many children/students per class2) A failure
to focus on core subjects like math, science, writing and reading3) Too
many young, inexperienced teachers. Because salaries are so poor for teachers
with less than 10 years of experience, most of the better teachers bolt for
administrative rolls or leave the schools altogether - just so they can make
ends-meet.4) Too many young math and science teachers - see reasons in #3
above.Unless Utah gets serious about education, we will continue to
fall behind our global counterparts.
@GoGetterTeachers were not the instigators of NCLB. If you mean that
teachers, who are the education experts, should be allowed to do what they know
to be best practice in helping their students learn, I could agree.If, however, you mean that certain legislators should have their way and end
public education in favor of privatization or private contract (charter)
schools, then I most vehemently disagree.
What? Haven't you heard the Gospel of Howard? (Stephenson, that is.)Aren't all teachers selfish slugs and all public schools failing?
No child left behind means no child gets ahead. The public school system needs
to be reorganized.
Dnews you are a strange dichotomy. One day you want to tout the local teachers
and the next day you tell us that our education system is a disaster and totally
needs to be overhauled.Truth be told, we have a great group of
teachers here in Utah. I'm very happy that you are looking for the good that is
out there. There is a lot of it to be found for sure. Please continue with
these positive stories and maybe just maybe we will see more young people
actually want to become teachers. We might even see our legislature get on
board and help our teachers instead of hindering them.A big thank
you to all of the teachers out there and the fine work you do with our children.