Educators, administrators and lawmakers invited to work together at UEA convention

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  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Oct. 18, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    Smith-Procuradorfiscal continually slams teachers and their Associations. My suggestion is to not try to reason with those who have no desire to seek the facts and see beyond their own bias. Thank you, though, for your thoughtful response.

  • RWSmith6 Providence, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    Yes, 50% of teachers leave teaching or for another teaching job elsewhere during their first five years. That sort of statistic is not common in advanced nations where children and their education are important. It's common in the United States. We can't attract and retain teachers adequately because we're attached to a past where women, who had no other job opportunities, were the teachers K-12, and we can't shake the notion that teachers nowadays actually need to be treated like the professionals they are--in compensation, in total support, and in respect. Bartenders, who require much less training than teachers, see better pay than many teachers. Any wonder we don't attract and retain the best and brightest for our classrooms?

    Also, teachers need to speak up with impunity. Fearing for their jobs is symptomatic of not recognizing that the pastures just might be greener elsewhere--actual towns where there are a hundred applications for every job opening, actual towns where the top of the pay scale is $90,000.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    Re: "It is time that we stop the association bashing and the teacher bashing, because we are about kids."

    Yeah, that's why the opening remarks focused, entirely predictably, on more money for teachers and less moaning about their gritty, greedy trade-guild.