K-12 received 47% of the States spending in 2017, so almost 8 billion dollars.
However, isn’t there no law directing that the school districts report
what their funding is spent on? I feel like the money is already there but I
don’t see where it goes.
I can see this rule change be good in the case of attracting teachers from out
of state. I can see it being really bad in other instances. I had
a college professor who came in from industry to teach a multivariable calculus
class. He knew his stuff, as he could do all sorts of things to solve these
incredible difficult math problems. However, those of us in the class were
often left exchanging confused glances at each other as we struggled to follow
his logic, as we all wanted to be able to duplicate what he was doing. Teaching K-12 is even more difficult to jump into because not all of
those students are as invested in their own learning as we were in my college
classroom. When I went into teaching, I thought that I would be teaching math.
I found out that I am actually teaching students. Contemplate the distinction,
and you will begin to see why this proposed rule change won't be good in
@fullypresent:Benefits for teachers have gone down the tubes since 2011.
The state legislature dramatically reduced the benefits, and districts have
removed many benefits, also.
The continued attempts to attract people to public education are hilarious at
best. It isn't like there is a long line of people that want to become a
teacher after working in business. I can just hear them now, "Yes let me
take less pay, for worse working conditions, less respect, and worse benefits
than I have at my current job".Sure there might be a retired
person or two that would want to do this but the ones I have seen don't
last too long. The solution is still the same old simple solution
that the legislature wants to keep denying. PAY them more. When teaching
becomes financially attractive, the shortage will disappear overnight. Yes it is that simple.
Some of these posts are dripping with anti-union sentiment and a lack of respect
for the complexity of teaching.
I attended this board meeting. Those who gave public comment included concerned
parents, practicing elementary and secondary teachers, district specialists,
teacher educators, and a UEA member. All cited research that claims teachers are
more effective when mentored by professionals in the field where they can get
specific feedback on their classroom practice. The current ruling would grant
teaching licenses to people who might know content, but don't understand
teaching pedagogy, differentiation, identification of children with special
needs, contextualization for English learners, or classroom management.
Countries with the most praised education systems provide extensive teacher
preparation so all children's needs can be met. All the comments made were
based on research and personal experience in schools. Only ONE person spoke in
partial support of the licensure rule change. That person agreed that university
prepared teachers are preferred. I hope the board listens and amends the
licensure ruling so that all children have the benefit of a qualified teacher.
The opposition seems to be coming from the teachers' union members and
educators who have a vested interest in protecting their "rice bowl"
from outsiders who can do just as well teaching without jumping through all the
worthless "educational theory" hoops.Of course, not all
people without traditional teacher training will do as well, and many would
benefit from it, but to require everyone is a waste of time and only serves to
sustain the teacher shortage and justify demands for teacher pay raises.Team teaching and mentoring for the early time teaching is certainly a
good idea, and far better than requiring seat time in "education"
courses.Support the changes.
I don't disagree with the rule change but... will it help solve
education's problems? The environment the teacher works in is difficult.
With large class sizes. teaching to individuals may be impossible. Bored
students cause problems. Money is and will continue to be an issue, in spite of
raises. The school district and the legislature seem to have the mindset of how
we can educate with the least amount of dollars instead of focusing on what the
teacher and student need in the educational process. What they don't need
is more testing, but the style of the day is measurement.
Traditional teachers have to move with the times. It might help if outside
teachers were required to team teach for 2 or 3 weeks with a seasoned
experienced teacher to be mentored and coached by them. Many teachers in our
districts were recently given good raises. Many enjoy many holidays off and
summers if they do not have a need for a 2nd job. They also enjoy good benefits.
If that doesn't help attract new teachers than we have taught our children
and grandchildren to focus on the wrong things in society. We need to stop
pushing high tech jobs as much and push teaching as a respected, honorable
profession. They have the opportunity to make a significant difference in the
lives of thousands of children. Some of the intrinsic rewards of the job need to
be pushed and advertised as well.