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Published: Wednesday, July 2 2014 11:27 a.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, July 2 2014 11:27 a.m. MDT

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worf
Mcallen, TX

Yes, you prepare teachers to be micro-managed, and follow the guild lines set up for them so student will increase their test scores.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

I find it very interesting that all of these articles have one thing in common: 100% of the blame is on the teacher and not one bit of the blame is on the other stakeholders (parents, students, administrators, school boards, politicians, socioeconomics, and most importantly, our culture.) This particular article mentions Finland's school system but cherry picks from the teacher aspect, but completely ignores the students' role in their own education. What does this all mean? Well it like putting a new battery with an old battery. The new battery will drain and the power level will be that of the old battery. That is what will happen in education if they just focus on reform with one component. I don't care how knowledgeable and skilled teachers are, unless students, parents, and politicians begin to take education seriously, nothing will ever change. These new "super-teachers" will become disillusioned and quit. Is is embedded in our American culture to place minimal value on education and as a result, American education has always been subpar. Our legislature proves this point by depriving education of funding due to a belief that it doesn't really have an impact on the economy.

ShortGuy
West Jordan, UT

It is easier to have higher expectations when you pay them more than 35,000 a year.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

The magic is not in the teacher, it is in the student. The question we should be asking is how to create a student that can and will learn from any source, even if that source is not live, that has the required knowledge of the subject matter. That type of student is created in the home, but this is politically incorrect - it means you need to promote intact family, both mother and father married to each other, mother being in the home, father being home from work early enough to interact with the kids, etc. So this obvious truth gets ignored and we keep creating over-complicated programs to improve the teacher.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Sasha: Good points but we need to have an economy that will make this possible, our economy is doing more than anything to destroy the family but the GOP focuses more on same-sex marriage or what's on TV etc. Same-sex marriage isn't causing both spouses to work and causing strain on marriages. And since a lot of students come from less than ideal homes, often times it is the teachers and coaches in our public schools that become key role models for our students.

Kings Court, great analysis. You are right on. I think teachers are actually the least of the problems facing education. Yes, there are some bad apples but most are doing great work in the most trying of circumstances.

Short Guy: Brilliant post. We forget the pay and respect part. We want "great" teachers but won't do anything to attract or retain them. Starting at 35K, some districts in Utah are even lower, with no real hope of a meaningful raise in the next few years of employment isn't going to be the magnet to attract and keep the best and brightest in the profession.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Want better teachers?

You trust in them! Just that simple.

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