We will respect our teachers

  • Article by: MARC TUCKER
  • Updated: September 20, 2012 - 8:15 PM

Write that 100 times -- and then act accordingly, because that's how schools really get better.

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rudy477Sep. 21, 12 5:55 AM

There is not a profession that I admire more than teaching. Unfortunately, it matters very little how well trained our teachers are in this country. Their plates are getting so full that it is nearly impossible to balance all of the demands they are facing. There are only a a handful, out of thousands, that can really reach the most difficult kids. Our society is much more disfunctional than the countries that are leading in test scores. The culture of our country has to change and that will not happen in the next several decades. Keep in mind that we model our educational calendar on a 150 year old model based on the idea that kids need time off in the summer to work on the farm. With that kind of modern thinking we will never catch up to the rest of the world.

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owatonnabillSep. 21, 12 6:12 AM

Are teachers not as educated as they should be? Debatable. But they're no less educated now than 40 years ago and schools overall turned out much better-educated graduates then than they do now. The problem with public education is not the quality of the teachers. Never has been. Kids' values and attitudes are pretty much set by age 5, before most of them have ever set foot inside a classroom. Society is sending teachers kids whose role-models are mothers who birth kids out of wedlock in many cases just for the welfare bennies, fathers who in many cases are not even known and when they ARE known have criminal histories, older siblings whose allegiances lean in the direction of gangs and drugs, and an overall subculture where ANY representative of "the system" is seen as the enemy. Kids raised in such situations are certainly not going to all of a sudden turn into motivated, respectful learners the minute they walk through the schoolhouse door. We've reaped the whirlwind, in effect. The problem is not our teachers. The problem is the lack of parenting. And becoming more stringent in how we recruit and train our teachers is decidedly NOT the way to fix the problem.

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kingtutskySep. 21, 12 6:20 AM

Did you see the boorish behavior of the Chicago strikers? Among the highest-paid in the nation with the shortest workdays and school year. They don't respect Illinois, why should Illinois respect them?

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northhillSep. 21, 12 6:37 AM

A friend of mine is a teacher.She is out on maternity leave and might leave the teaching profession.She has taught for 9 years.The school administration and parents blame teachers;well start blaming yourselves people! They want good test scores,they want their children educated.Yet they refuse to support bond issues and don't send their children to school prepared to learn.School is school not daycare parents.We expect schools and teachers to do the parents job too.

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twinsajsfSep. 21, 12 6:58 AM

Well-said, Mr. Tucker. Adjusted for level-of education required, teachers remain the lowest-paid employment sector in the U.S., and it's not close. In a staunchly "free market" society such as ours, why would we expect more than what we are willing to pay for? It used to be that at least teachers were held were held in high-esteem for their willingness to accept low-wages for the very hard work of educating and caring for our children. Now that teacher and teacher union bashing has become the new norm, does anyone think we will be bringing more and more great teachers into the fold to replace all of those percieved bad teachers we are so eager to fire? We are in a race to the bottom, not the top.

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twinsajsfSep. 21, 12 7:03 AM

owatonnabill--while I think there is truth in what you are saying about parents as the problem rather than teachers, the problem with approaching it from that angle is . . . well . . . what then? What is your plan to improve parenting across the nation, so that we can improve our educational system?

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firefight41Sep. 21, 12 7:23 AM

owatonnabill--while I think there is truth in what you are saying about parents as the problem rather than teachers, the problem with approaching it from that angle is . . . well . . . what then? What is your plan to improve parenting across the nation, so that we can improve our educational system? ***** What owatonnabill said was just about dead on. Unfortunately, to fix this issue you will have to write off todays parenting skills (parents for the most part) and try to educate the children on good parenting skills, that has never been taught and this nation fails miserably at the task. How many teens and adults are in prison because of bad parenting? Check the statistics prior to giving this post a thumbs down, it will surprise you.

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elind56Sep. 21, 12 7:44 AM

In a privatized education system utilizing gov't vouchers, good teachers not bound by the union salary ceiling would easily command salaries well into six figures since they are what would attract students. This ingrained idea that we can only trust government to educate the kids is ludicrous...and extremely expensive.

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gcrileySep. 21, 12 7:49 AM

Programs such as NCLB and all this hoopla with standardized test for this , standardized test for that do not help either. NCLB has resulted trying to push the bottom up at the expense of the top. We di not get to be the country we are by ignoring the top, we got there by pudshing them to excel. with wvwrything geared oaround these test results, They teach to the test. Crriculum is geared to the test. Very little opportunity for development of critical thinking. Heaven forbid your child gets the subject matterbecause they are going to be told you will do fine on the test while attention goes to those do not get it or do not care. What message are we sending to kids when we tell them you will do fine on a test , no need to worry about anything else. Heard it from more than I child, I got the test material down so I do not need to bother with the rest.

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totaltruthSep. 21, 12 7:51 AM

It is tough to have respect for teachers, when their actions show that they have very little respect for themselves....

They do not want to be evaluated based on their individual performance, but rather judged as a group. They do not want to be compensated based on their individual performance, but rather as a group. They fight having their teaching skills evaluated.

These things show us a lack of self confidence and a lack of taking responsibility for individual actions...

Many of our teachers went into the profession full of hope. But unfortunately the union tends to destroy this hope, and negate any individual ambition.

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