If we valued education . . .

 . . . we would value teachers, and take care of them. 

Do we?

This blogger, Trisha Reloaded, a veteran teacher (outside the U.S.), gives her Ten Reasons Why I Hate Teaching.  She’s teaching in Singapore — but if she didn’t say, could you tell whether she’s teaching in your town?

TexasEd notes that teacher turnover is scandalously high, and wonders what are the costs of such turnover on students and on student achievement.  We focus on student drop-out rates — perhaps we should focus on teacher drop-out rates. 


One Response to If we valued education . . .

  1. R. Becker says:

    Since the general topic seems to be teacher complaints and what gets in the way of their doing their jobs well, let me add this.

    About 20 years ago, I was doing a summer teacher institute [American History] in Baton Rouge, Louisiana… three hour sessions twice a week. Had about a dozen techers, mostly high school, all veterans of at least a decade. Some much longer tenured than that. We broke, of course, for coffee and decompression mid morning, for twenty five minutes or so, and usually ended up talking shop.

    Chatting one morning, I asked them this: What one change, ONE change, that would not cost your school or district money [BR schools were in the midst of their perennial funding crisis, of course] would make your jobs easier and more satisfying. One thing, one change, and it can’t cost anything. What?

    Instantly, and I mean NO time elapsed from the end of my question to the reply, one nearly shouted “Rip out the God damned PA system.” The rest applauded her. And the rest of the time was filled with stories of classes interruped, usually at some important or dramatic point in the day’s lesson, by announcments that the pep rally scheudled for afterschool that day would be postponed for thirty minutes, or that Mindy Sue Breaux was wanted in the administrative office right now, or that candy sales money should be turned in at the office no later than fourth period today, etc.

    And it broadened out from there into a general gripe [with examples] of how much that happens in schools is designed to make the lives of administrators easier, and that has as an unintended consequences, the making of teachers’ lives more difficult. Apparently its the same in Singapore.


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