Reuters, May 9 2006, published an article with the heading, Half of Teachers Quit in 5 Years, Working Conditions, Low Salaries Cited".
Perhaps there is a connection with poor working conditions, low salary and student performance?
As a Public School teacher of nearly 10 years, I will not speak for my profession, but I will speak for myself.
To me, I could tolerate lower pay or poor working conditions - it is the combination of both (not at my school, but from the locker room stories I hear, Nationwide) that drives people away.
I witness and hear of Teacher Evaluation methodology that flies in the face of the Scientific Method, a Grade Expectation mandate for later Elementary grades here in Vermont. If the Scientific Method is so important, then why don't Teacher Evaluations adhere to it?
Rating teachers based upon student grades for Standardized Testing (latitudinal data) scores is a sign of the acknowledgement of ignorance of the Scientific Method. One cannot have 25, or 50, or 75, or even more variables in a single experiment, which is precisely what this evaluative method does. Any district which subscribes to this method of evaluation to determine if their teachers are skilled is openly acknowledging that the Scientific Method really doesn't matter.
Thus, many teachers feel unprotected and unsupported, as Unions aren't succeeding at conveying arguments such as this.
If the Scientific Method really does not matter, then why is it a mandate to teach it?
Clearly, there is a severe disconnect between Education Professionals trying to teach in an unhealthy and underpaid environment, and Legislators writing laws they do not understand, and thus, exacerbate the situation. Younger teachers get frustrated and leave because of the apparently hopeless cycle of ignorance to facts such as this which hobble the profession so.
Witness Michelle Rhee, or the DuFours, for that matter. Eash purports themselces as an "Education Expert" - yet none of them has taught for a period exceeding five (5) consecutive years, in the last three decades. That's alot of expertise, without alot of current Professional Teaching experience.
It is easy to write about education, but if none of them walk the walk, I would personally (and professionally, for that matter) appreciate it if they would be silent.
Maybe more teachers might stay the course, if they could just see and expliain it.
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