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.
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.
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.
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
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?