Two things we need to get there:1. People need to start respecting
the teaching profession. I left the profession due to this issue--not just
because of a lack of respect in the classroom, but also because of a lack of
respect in the community.2. Teaching needs to pay a respectable
wage. 30k/year with crappy healthcare benefits that eat up 1/3 the paycheck if
you want to cover your kids is not respectable. And while History or English
majors may be willing to settle for it in some cases, many of the best and
brightest, especially in math and science, won't.
Education must be reformed. That is irrefutable fact. But it must be reformed
correctly. The correct reform is not to place greater restrictions on teachers
by testing them to death. The correct reform is to give teachers freedom to
reject the left wing egalitarianism that has infested modern education.Teachers must be allowed to teach the old fashioned values that made this
Country great, such as honesty, chastity, piety, and devotion. No other reforms
will make a difference unless teachers are permitted to once again teach
morality in the schools.
Over my lifetime, I've seen the negative effects of the push for
"scientific" management in the business community, which consists of
reducing everything to metric and then managing those metrics. The problem is
that some of the most important things can't be easily measured, but the
focus on what is measurable pushes those important factors off the agenda. In
the business world, this results in management focused on making the numbers
look good at the expense of making the business successful.We're trying to push the same thing into education, and the same thing is
happening there. More of it will not improve the situation.Regarding
teachers' wages - they do need to be higher. But allowing government to
operate the schools inevitably results in low wages. Note what is happening in
healthcare - the current administration is attempting to reduce healthcare costs
by refusing to pay market prices to hospitals and doctors - the same thing
that's been happening to teachers forever.The federal
government needs to back off and let us run our own schools.
I have a volunteer who teaches elementary school in a different country. After
one day in my classroom she commented on how much more difficult it is to teach
students in my classroom compared to hers. She noticed that the biggest
difference is that in her country students realize that an education is a
privilege and students that do hours of homework without complaining and always
do their best work. I have some students who will take every opportunity to
learn, but unfortunately, others try to get by with the least effort possible.
I have tried to encourage a good work ethic, but it is very difficult. Students
need to understand that education is not a punishment but a blessing.
Teachers are being tested. They must pass the PRAXIS test and produce a
portfolio within the first three years of teaching And I agree that teachers
are respected more in other countries. I don't agree that I should be
teaching anything of a religious nature in my classroom. I do teach things like
honesty and integrity, hard work, kindness, and other principles which stand my
students in good stead both now and in the future.