Op-ed: What are the professional responsibilities of teachers?

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  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    Nov. 10, 2017 7:45 a.m.

    To "Howard Beal" according to the National Educators Association the support for Common Core among teachers is 76%. There are multiple other polls showing support . Granted there are more current polls showing a decline in support, closer to 50%

    Still the issue is why would teachers support such a horrible mess? Many parents who are not teachers could see it is a mess, but the teachers told us that they were the experts and it was a good idea.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Nov. 9, 2017 6:41 p.m.


    From what I can tell teachers do NOT support Common Core, at least the standardized testing part of it. The ones that do are often elevated by administration and policy makers making it seem like that. But most actually don't, not even close. They want more autonomy, they want to teacher their students to create and think and they support well-rounded approaches to education.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    Nov. 9, 2017 7:38 a.m.

    What I find most ironic about this is the simple fact that teachers overwhelmingly support Common Core, standardized tests, and the use of Computer Based Testing to determine when a child is ready to move on.

  • Husker2 Millbrook, AL
    Nov. 9, 2017 7:27 a.m.

    It's not my job to love my students and, frankly, I find the notion ridiculous.

    My job is to deliver the most accurate and up to date information to them as efficiently as possible. Their responsibility is to come to class, pay attention, study, and do the assignments.

    I'm also responsible for jumping thru all the government hoops such as complying with the IEPs and 504s that about 50% of my students possess. I have to make sure the three kids whose IEP says they can fidget and move around the room as much as they want (because they have ADHD and we all know we can't expect 16-yr olds to control their impulses) do not disturb the five kids whose IEP says "minimize distractions". Plus I have to make sure the four kids who speak minimal English pass my class even though the only language I speak is English. And then there are the five kids who never come to class but the principal expects me to find a way for them to pass. Oh, I can't forget about the two kids who get kicked out of my class almost every day but sent right back by admin so they can cause more chaos. That's my job.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    Nov. 8, 2017 8:13 p.m.

    Teachers are also wildly biased (probably not their fault, really). Maybe it's partially just the group attracted to the profession, or a minority of them.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Nov. 8, 2017 11:59 a.m.

    @The Educator.
    Great points and great questions.

    According to the op-ed, other than occasional chit chats with parents, teachers should have complete control of a child's education.

    I think I tend to see it your way. Parents, and not teachers, need to have ultimate control of their child's education. Makes sense. After the student herself, parents (and not teachers) will feel the impact of a good or poor education.

  • The Educator South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 8, 2017 10:26 a.m.

    What about the responsibility of parents?

    Are they feeding their child? Are they attending PTC? Are they teaching discipline or just giving their children the newest clothes and Iphone to be buddy buddy with them? Are they reading to their children? Are they adequately supporting education through taxes and bonds?

    What about students? Are they sluffing? Are they going to bed on time? Are they doing homework? Are they listening to their teachers? Are they taking responsibility for their own education?

    The statistics of teacher turnover and teacher shortage seem to speak louder than these cute feel good articles the Dnews incessantly promotes.

    Get Educated

  • KarenLaRae2 Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 8, 2017 9:52 a.m.

    It sounds nice, but how can an elementary school teacher give the necessary attention to each child when they have 34 students in their classroom? (Data shows 22 is the best number of students.) Add in the students on the autism scale and who are diagnosed with behavioral problems who require more time and attention, and while teachers want to give individual attention, there is a limit to what is possible to do. Then there are secondary teachers who teach six periods and can have 35-42 students in each classroom. The problem with education is that it is complex and there is no easy or cheap solution. Even if you add extra teachers into the budget, you can't just hire more teachers if you don't have classrooms to put them into. The problems interconnect -- teacher training, teacher professionalism, classroom size, building capacity.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Nov. 8, 2017 1:06 a.m.


    Typical rubbish you hear in faculty meetings.

    Having control of curriculum? Nope! You must teach by standardized test objectives, selected strategies, and you will be monitored.

    Teachers have become puppets.

  • Coach P Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2017 11:04 p.m.

    I do have to see that I strongly agree with points three and four.

    The judgment of a teacher is way more important than a result of any standardized test.

    And teachers need to be evaluating teachers and creating the evaluative instruments.

  • Coach P Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2017 10:58 p.m.

    As an educator, I'm not so lofty or high and mighty. Also it's hard to differentiate when you teach well over 200 students. I love my students in a general sense but it's also hard to have meaningful relationships or complete knowledge of all your students' needs with the mass volumes of students many secondary school teachers face. It's not like I am an elementary teacher of 30 students who I see six hours a day every day. I see about 120 students every other day for 90 minutes (if that) for a semester--big difference. Then you have grading programs (technological as well as procedural) that box a teacher in. It's not realistic to create an individualized grading scale and curriculum for 200 plus students nor should teachers be expected to do so.

    I was also troubled in the piece by the lack of parents being recognized as the most important teacher of the student. Sometimes I suppose that parents can be lacking in the equation, but for for most students it is there and must be respected. This team relationship must better cultivated by our schools. It does in a sense take a village to teach a child and no teacher is an island to herself/himself.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Nov. 7, 2017 9:32 p.m.

    Interesting, the tiny nod given to parents in point number 1. Quickly followed by point number 2, “teachers must have complete control of curriculum and teaching strategies.”

    Zero humility in this op-ed. Odd, when public schools, and their teachers have utterly failed the most vulnerable children in America—inner city minorities.

    Education in America is in crisis. And this op-Ed is telling us that if we just tweak a little more, things will be perfect.