Oh there is so much to say about this. Luna is blaming the recession for
teachers leaving? Who leaves a job during a recession? No, Mr Luna they are
leaving because of exactly what Penni Cyr stated, lack of a voice and
disrespect.What is wrong with our country that there would be an outcry at
the unexperienced temporary NFL referees and a call for the experienced refs to
be returned to the field and yet, our most experienced teachers can leave the
profession and it is ok for alternative licensed individuals to come into our
classrooms to experiment on our children.It is time to wake up our
citizens in this country to the fact that those who want to destroy and
privatize our public schools under the banner of "choice" are
succeeding. What is the most frightening scnenario is that if they do succeed,
our children will be the victims. Time for the voices of the majority of our
public school advocates to rise up. Our children are counting on us.
In summary, most of the best, professional career educators are leaving the
profession and are being replaced by people skipping the training of actually
how to teach students (alternative certification) and are willing to work for
minimal pay. All the past work to attract males to the profession is being
undone. This should prove to be an interesting experiment. What's next?
Allowing doctors to skip their internships and go straight from med school to
practicing medicine? I wouldn't be surprised. How about paying dentists by
how well their patients follow their instructions by brushing and flossing every
day? That is what some states are doing to teachers--paying them by how well
parents and students follow teachers' prescriptive advice directions:
doing homework, studying for tests, reading every day, and taking their
education seriously. It is no secret that Idaho is a state hostile
to public education, even more so than Utah. Like any job, people want to feel
valued. If they don't, they will go somewhere else. They are not stupid
and there are greener pastures elsewhere. That is just basic common sense that
any decent employer can tell you.
You two have it. People are going to stay in a job during a recession, unless
the conditions are so bad that it leaves no other choice. Where's the NEA
(Teacher's Union) in Idaho?The rising generation is the group
going to pay the most for the conditions driving experienced teachers out.
Hmmm?Are teachers leaving because of "unmanageable
students, or over regulation"?