Writing about education: Big problems and bright hopes

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  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Dec. 27, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    Sounds nice, except that most of what the author talks about are many of the main reasons the best teachers (who are usually not the ones recognized with awards, because awards are given for showiness, not real competence) are leaving the profession.

    Technology is a nice, but expensive tool, that is usually not nearly as important as other things that we ignore sufficient funding for, including getting enough schools of a reasonable size built in the growing areas rather than the huge ones we build now.

    Good textbooks are very important, and what's being developed for the technology to replace them doesn't compare in usefulness usually.

    Perhaps the most damaging are the constant demands for change and something new. It doesn't matter if it is better, just change it! That is what is pushing out our best educators - those who know through many years of experience what works and what doesn't. These are some of the reasons I retired. We don't want what works, just something new and flashy. The public, as reflected in the policy-makers, are becoming kids again!