Posted by swamphawk22 on 5/20/2012 7:37:00 PM (view original):
What exactly is your plan seamar?
Continue to teach in well-run and funded international schools to the children of the 1%, a solid, college preparatory curriculum; instilling students with solid Christian values, a heart for service, promoting global citizenship and principled leadership. Teachers are well-compensated, thereby attracting top-notch teachers. No way this model works in the States where the motto is "Stack 'em deep, and teach 'em cheap." Funny thing, the corporations are willing to pay healthy tuition costs for a quality education, whereas most tax-payers are unwilling to do so in the US.
If I was in the States I would stop pushing every student into a college track. I would want to see schools properly funded, and that there are no unfunded mandates at either the state or federal level. I would eliminate athletic programs (and I am a coach). I would move to the European club sport model.
Regarding standardized testing....The way to raise a prize hog is to feed it more, not weigh it more. I would limit the amount of testing that goes on. I would want to see teachers better compensated, to attract better candidates in to education. In many other countries teachers are well-respected and education is valued. That is not true in the US, where vilifying teachers has somehow become a platform of the right.
I am not sure how we go about insuring that every child in the US has the opportunity to receive a quality education. It should not be a factor of geography and who your parents are, should it? $$$ does matter, but I also know that it should be used responsibly and judiciously. Yes, bad teachers and administrators should be removed, but the problem is how to determine that. And are there quality applicants to fill those positions? Teachers need to have reasonable class sizes (depending on the type of class of course). The most important thing a teacher does is provide meaningful feedback on student performance. Smaller class sizes allow the opportunity for better feedback. Teachers should be held accountable for providing that feedback.
I do not know of any teachers who have a problem with accountability, provided the person holding them accountable is competent and fair, and that the goals are reasonable. Test scores alone do not cut it because of so many variables that are beyond a teacher's control.