Better teacher careers yield better student outcomes

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 8, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    Are there any employee not needing more pay, more respect, and more input? How many places of employment don't have turn-over? How many jobs are free of stress? Policemen, firemen, soldiers, etc?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    70% of all new teachers will quit by year five. This isn't good for our children. Teachers need more pay, more respect, more input on teaching decisions.

  • catcrazed Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    What great ideas! We use a lot of them here in Utah. I would like to see more of them used. I especially think we need to change our perceptions of teachers. They are some of the hardest working people around. Teachers work with people, and I like the idea of looking at strategies they use, not student test scores. This would level the playing field, so to speak. The strategies are used in every school, and should be used by every teacher. Students vary greatly from school to school, but the strategies shouldn't.

  • Gary & Nadine Turner HEBER CITY, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    As wife to a local teacher, my response to this article was "Well, DUH!" Potential good teachers are leaving the schools in droves because of, not only the lack of pay, but the lack of respect and support from administration, students, parents and the state legislature. It seems the least respect and support comes from the state legislature. "Merit pay" doesn't work, either. It's been tried and failed miserably. Give all the teachers decent pay, support and respect from the above mentioned groups, and good teachers will turn out in droves.

    I also like what the previous commentator, Kings Court, says. Complete parental support would help immensely.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 12:11 a.m.

    It is too bad we can't raise parent quality as well. A good parental situation in the home probably goes further than a good teacher in the classroom. Perhaps better parents could pay lower taxes than those whose kids need more state resources to fix.

    Also, some states actually will bill parents for shirking their responsibilities such as ensuring their kids go to school. The same goes for online courses. If kids sign up for online courses but don't finish them, they should be billed for their failure to complete them. Currently, online course providers keep the money the state pays for a student to take an online course regardless of completion.

    These are a few ideas to get parents to take their roles more seriously.