This isn’t something I normally write about but education is something in which I have a very strong interest.
I guess part of the reason I have that interest is because I’m a political creature. While most people follow sports religiously, I follow the political religiously.
And I see No Child Left Behind as the ultimate insult to both teachers and students in the United States.
Here’s a write up on how we do it wrong in the U.S. Very interesting points in there.
The article closes with “Will our leaders be willing to take that step? Or will we devolve into a third class power because we have neglected our most important resource for creating a first-class system of education?”
As one of those upcoming leaders, I will take this seriously. I want the U.S. to be a paragon of education, where intelligence is celebrated, not denigrated. I want a living wage for teachers that isn’t 40% below industry wage. I want teachers in the U.S. to have the right to organize and bargain collectively.
One of the ways we can change things is the teacher evaluation. I present something I feel is a very good article on the subject, and leave with this:
One simple question I regularly ask myself is one suggested by Marvin Marshall, a noted writer on positive classroom management strategies. He recommends that teachers ask: If I were a student, would I want me as a teacher?
Would I want myself as a teacher? Hell no. I’d be pretty vicious as a teacher because I’d expect more from my students.