Published: Friday, Nov. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Pay teachers like doctors and pretty soon our universities will have to raise
education college entrance standards. Only the best students will then get a
career in teaching. Improving education boils quickly down to increasing
teacher pay. Pay teachers like second class citizens and guess who applies to
So where does this additional revenue come from in order to pay teachers? Repubs have taken oaths to never ever ever raise taxes under any
Were 51st in the nation per pupil funding, Take that Mississippi?
Keywords: "within the four walls of a school".Truth is,
nothing affects the education of a child more than their parents and their home
life. Teacher quality comes in much lower than this.
Happy Valley Heretic,Funding has nothing to do with educational
quality. It matters in EVERY other aspect of our lives, but not in education .
. .Or at least some would so tell us.With apologies to
Winglish, we don't have to pay teachers like doctors. Many feel a
"calling" to teach and (like firefighters and other public service
professions) we get them cheaper than we would otherwise. But we do have to pay
better if we want folks willing and capable of going through stringent
performance evaluations. If we change the terms of employment, then it is
logical the pay will have to change as well.One area we could do
better in that is "free". We could stop making teachers to blame for
each of our kids' failures. We are often willing to say that WE will teach
our kids. But when they fail it is clearly the teachers fault. Let's try
treating them like professionals and then we can demand from them professional
work. Most (and always the best of them) want to do that anyway. At least,
that has been my experience as a parent.
One very important factor is missing from this article -- and from most others
on the subject, as well.Exactly HOW will we determine teacher
quality?That's where the rub lies.I was a teacher
for many years. Good teachers know who the bad teachers are. If the system can
be set up so TEACHERS do evaluations somehow, we'd have a good chance of
weeding out the weeds. But that approach in itself brings up an entirely
different set of real problems.
Teachers are opposed to so-called "merit pay," a.k.a. teach-to-the-test
incentive, because they know that there's no money. Public-private
partnerships are a shell game that denies the trend of society to shirk the
responsibility to educate children. Here in Wisconsin, thanks to Governor
Walker's Act 10, my husband's take-home pay has been cut by $600 a
month, he has to work longer hours, jump through more hoops and is denied the
professional courtesy he used to enjoy as all the teachers now have a very
rigid, proscribed day. And Walker also wants more testing, from pre-K on up.
Pre-K reading skills? Really? My son has already had 11 days of testing this
year. All thanks to the ALEC inspired, southern-style, right-wing, Republican
"education" make-over. Wisconsin used to lead the nation in education.
Now watch us fall. And now we're supposed to believe in some sort of
Midwest Mom nailed it. Thank you, m'am.
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