But but but...Teachers are the root of all problems! They belong to
a union! Heaven forbid you placing the blame of education onto our
legislature. They pat themselves on the back because they call Utah "the
best managed state."Great letter! It's amazing the insights
the people of this state would gain if they only listened to the boots on the
Absolutely right. Trust teachers! Give teachers the resources they need to do
their jobs well, and then get out of the way!
There is a real divergence here in the mechanism of education. However, the
magnitude of divergence is not entirely clear at this time. As Rastignac stated
when faced with his dilemma, it is best to understand the mechanism at work
before making irrevocable decisions.
The letter writer is correct up to a point. Leaving decisions in the
hands of high quality teachers (the best of whom should be paid way more than
they are) is obvious.What is less obvious is the environment
necessary to foster high quality teachers. That environment would incentivize
excellence, promote best practices, and conversely be very uncomfortable for
teachers who do not meet this standard either because of lack of ability,
motivation, or because they are burned out and “cruising” to
retirement.Sadly, public school monopolies do not foster this
environment, a fact which most people intuitively recognize and is perhaps why
so much time is spent (often by the wrong people) trying to come up with
“innovative” ways to make education better.France and
Sweden (hardly bastions of right-wing ideology) figured this out more than a
decade ago and took the first big necessary step towards real change.They both instituted voucher systems…
So Karen, I'm guessing that if you did put the blame for your restrictions
on teaching, it would be with some element of administration. And I don't
think it goes as high up as the state government, but is at the board of
education level. However, since you fully identified yourself, we won't
hold you to it, as we would not want you to be punished for your opinion. My
opinion though is that in every school district I've ever heard of there
seems to be way too many chiefs (administrators) and not enough indians
(teachers), which creates too many students per teacher, and not enough pay for
teachers. Just my opinion.
A great teacher with a piece of chalk and a blackboard is worth her weight in
diamonds. Instead, we throw rocks at her. It's the Utah way.
First off, I support paying our teachers more and reducing class sizes. I have
never voted against a school funding plan and was disappointed when the Jordan
District bonding plan was defeated at the polls a little while back.The Educator,The teachers are not the problem, though I cannot say the
same about the union.I agree with the author that we need to teach
the arts; not only do they round out the student, but especially in younger
students, they help develop complex brain patterns that lead to increased
intelligence and mental capacity later.
Blaming teachers for our education performance woes is chicken. The problem is
much larger, society wide really. We don't value education. Add to that
kids who now seem entitled to be heard so they complain school is boring or dull
or doesn't challenge them when, in fact, they're just lazy, self
centred and unmotivated.
Exactly right! The TEACHERS should make the changes as needed; NOT politicians
or educational administrators making $250,000/year like some of the District
Superintendents do! Tell the Union to go find a different job as THEY are truly
hurting our children by taking money from the system. Why are several professors
making a hefty six figures at the U and who teach few classes? Teaching MUST be
the first goal; NOT money and NOT praise and NOT publishing. It is PAST time
that the politicians wake up and talk TO the teachers and NOT the union or the
administrators or book sellers or their political donors (who, in case you
don't know, donate for a reason and it is what THEY will get from the
politician). If they won't do that, then STOP thinking you make decisions
and go sit home or watch football in the fancy seats at the stadium which are
reserved for the elites.
Here we go again, a letter, and a bunch of responses, that do nothing but make
excuses for teachers. Yes there are some good points in the letter, such as the
top down enforcement of instruction, instead of teachers being able to create on
their own. Be honest...why is that? This is where the union becomes part of the
problem. This is a CYA policy, that protects poor teachers. When teachers are
allowed to be creative on their own, it becomes easy to distinguish between good
and bad teachers. Lets be honest! Certified teacher designation, is very often
meaningless. There are people out there who have very little training, who can
work with and teach kids better then some certified teachers. I see it every
weekend at church. So if teachers really want to make a difference, dump the
union line and stick up for yourself. Promote positive policies and work for you
own best interest and the kids.
And yet, the top contender to run education in this state is an anti-public
education career politician with zero teaching experience, Becky Lockhart. Is it any wonder why education in this state is the way that it is? Any
wonder why good people are fleeing this profession in this state?
Teacher like the letter writer need to consider moving on the education sector,
and becoming administrators, because that is what we need: Administrators that
think like teachers, and know what they need.
Put the blame for education reform where it belongs, -- ====== You mean like ADMINSTRATION?PARENTS?Republicans use
Children and Teachers for political Human Shields -- It's
scores better politics for them to blame:The Teachers [for having a
Union], the teacher's Union [for actually sticking up for the
Teachers], and now Common Core [for being a Republican idea, but
implemented by a non-Republican Adminstration].Politics - plain and
Educator...There are multiple reasons for teachers leaving...Bad Administration (District and State Level) who changes their minds
about the curriculum faster than you changes socks.Legislature - who
has an open disdain for Teachers. Make decisions on Education, but never fund it
or even checks out if the idea is even a good one.the most common
reason? PARENTSParents complain about Bullying... even when it is
not ...Parents never hold their children accountable for their behavior in
classParents do like to gossip and spread false information about teachers
via texting.Parent do not like be held accountable their lack of support
in home work.Parents think that some how they are above the rules..Teachers can only do so much, but the real culprit is Parents and guess
what? South Jordan is a prime example of this behavior.
Confused: you neglected to include lawyers as a reason that teachers leave. The
threat of being sued is huge, and lawyers are only too happy to oblige!
We have a problem with "finger pointing". Teachers blame the
administrators. Administrators blame the Legislature. Parents blame the
"system", meanwhile the schools keep churning out uneducated
"scholars" who can hardly read or write. What to do? Who do we blame?
How many teachers have filed a lawsuit against the administration? No lawsuit
means that teachers really don't think that the administration is really to
blame. How many administrators have filed a lawsuit against the Legislature, no
lawsuit means that the administration is content with the Legislature. How many
parents have sued the school districts? No suits mean that parents like to
complain, but they really don't want to get involved. The time
for finger pointing is past. It't time to do more than post comments to a
newspaper. Many of my grandchildren are being home schooled. Their parents are
To "Irony Guy" actually in Utah we do love the great teachers. The
problem is that it is getting harder and harder to find the great teachers.
Finding a great teacher is like finding a great diamond.The problem
that this letter exposes is the fear that teachers have. They can either
conform or lose their jobs. Unfortunately rather than risk their jobs they
conform. Imagine the conditions that miners would have to work in if they acted
like teachers.The teacher's have a powerful union, why
don't they use is to correct the problems in the education system?Teachers share the blame, not because they have been clamoring for Common
Core, but because they don't use the resources they have to fight the
Redshirt...Define "Great Teacher"?because my
wife is a GREAT teacher (personal prejudice), but if you listen to the gossips
at her school who likes to stir up the other parents, she is a bad
teacher.....Why is she a bad teacher? Because she insist on having
discipline in the classroom, so that ALL can "Learn" and the little
darlings of these gossips are causing problems in the classroom...
@ TylerAre France and Sweden doing better? Not from what I've
seen and heard. They may be on a voucher system. But what reliable evidence is
there that this choice has lead to better student?Sincerely, Interested in proof if there is some, Michael
To "Confused" the great teachers are the ones that no only do the kids
want, but are also the ones that the parents want. They are the teachers that
are able to explain the subject to their students in an engaging manner, and are
able to maintain discipline within the classroom simply through expecting it.
They are able to meet the needs of all of their students and work to keep the
advanced students just as engaged as the struggling students.During
my public education days, I can say that I only had 3 great teachers. That was
back when finding a great teacher was easier. The rest were average at best.It is great that you wife wants to maintain discipline, but can she
teach in a way that the kids understand or inspires them? I had substitutes in
elementary school that maintained discipline, and they were terrible teachers.
Teachers work for the Government making crummy wages, for the same
reason some of us work for the United States Air Force for crummy wages --
We Love America, more than we love money...
It’s a tricky issue to isolate the effects of vouchers (or school choice)
from all the other data noise, but there are studies and meta-studies in the
U.S. that have done so and the results are positive (e.g., A Win-Win Solution
– by Greg Forster).Sweden is a bit of a mess with a test score
decline across the board; yet since over 80% of its schools are still public,
vouchers per se do not appear to be the driver of the decline. Rather, there is
evidence of very poor regulation in the setup (which among other things
incentivized grade inflation) and a heavy handed State control of curriculum
which hampers school’s ability to innovate teaching methods – which
along with choice, is the whole point of implementing vouchers in the first
place.That said, Swedish parents still overwhelmingly support the
school choice aspect of vouchers, though admittedly they do not like for-profit
schools.France appears to be doing much better with their voucher
program, although again there is some data noise in the results – mainly
the large influx of Muslim immigrants.
@RedShirtUSS Enterprise, UTTo "Irony Guy" actually in
Utah we do love the great teachers. The problem is that it is getting harder and
harder to find the great teachers. Finding a great teacher is like finding a
great diamond.========= And you pay them dirt, so good
teachers quit, and get diamond wages.Free Market rules - even
with a Union.So, Utah - you get what you pay for.Stop
complaining about bad or mediocre education, when you are the worst paying
in the Country.It's like complaining about taxes, and
being the 1st to cheer to start another war.
To "Open Minded Mormon" teacher's wages are not that bad once you
consider the amount of time off they get plus their benefit package which
includes a really sweet pension program that is guaranteed by the government.
Once you factor in everything, the teachers get a lot more than what just
looking at their salary shows.
re Mike Richards"...Many of my grandchildren are being home
schooled."I'm curious to know if Grandpa come into talk
about the Constitution?That said, my parents were career educators.
As I recall, it was a push regarding the parents & union. They were no fans
of the legislature. Most of their animosity was towards bureaucrats in the
district office who were out of touch. p.s. Curious;
Redshirt1701teacher's wages are not that bad once you consider
the amount of time off they get plus their benefit package which includes a
really sweet pension program that is guaranteed by the government. Are you including the HOURS of work they do after school and at home to grade
homework, prepare lesson plans, not to mention the countless hours (unpaid) to
take classes to keep their teaching credentials up to date.Not to
mention the countless meetings they must attend in those off times to learn new
standards set by the District/State Board/Legislature.My wife is a
teacher.. she averages at least 11 hours a day doing here duty as a teacher.
This is not an abnormality for teachers..Second, the "guaranteed
government benefits" is not Guaranteed, it can and has been changed over the
past five years (reduction of said benefits).Everyone thinks because
a student goes 6-7 hours a day to school, that teachers have the same work
schedule, which is false... and trust me, her time at work is watched closely by
parents, administrators, Districts and State school board... well at least in
To "Confused" cry me a river. Any job that requires a license through
the DOPL has continuing education requirements. Everybody, from your family
Doctor down to the girl that cuts your hair.As for grading homework,
who says that they have to give out so much homework that they can't get
the grading done 1 hour after school lets out or on the early out days that were
set up for the purpose of giving teachers time to grade homework. Plus all of
the public teachers I have seen have parent volunteers doing most of the
grading.Other than the first year a teacher has a particular grade
or subject, how much lesson prep time is needed? My relatives that are teachers
spend little time on lesson preparation because the prepared a good yearly
outline the first year they taught.The good teachers I have known
and had spent little time outside of their 8 hour work day grading and preparing
lessons because they either only gave out meaningful homework or else used their
time efficiently and didn't have to take work home.