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I am going to get a little off subject today…
Every story I read about the state of public education around the country is similar in many ways. First, the Republicans have taken control of the state, next public education funding is being cut, then unions are being attacked, and some kind of merit pay and charter schools will be the solution in yet some way. As a parent, I would never send my child to a charter school, N E V E R!. I am pretty happy with the public schools in my area. What the people in charge dont even take into account that education is a 3-way partnership between teachers, parents, and the students themselves. You can’t put it all on the teachers. If my kid is 10 and can’t read, I am not going to march down and confront my local school board. C’mon, who’s falt is it really?
Merit pay for test scores: Where do the “Special” classes fit into that? Art, Gym, Health, Consumer Sciences, Music, Computer/Technology. Do those teachers get the Max pay or the Minimum pay? Are these classes even important any more? They don’t contribute to passing some test? But what they do is make students more rounded. Maybe even giving them a reason to like to come to school. If I taught a “core” subject and my pay was going to be based on some test, I am going to teach that test every day. Nothing else, just teach the test, EVERY DAY. They would pass it, but who cares? Who makes up the tests anyway? What questions are “valid” and will some be thrown out? What is a passing score? %40? What are we really testing?
But I also hear how “Technology in education” is so vital we’ll see. When teachers are being cut. I’ll bet these teachers ( myself included) will be the first to go.
I clearly remember Obama saying how he was going to increase pay for teachers. In the next few years of his Presidency, I fully expect my pay to go down.
I would love to hear your comments about this, especially if you are a fellow “Tech” teacher.
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