Janice and Geoffrey Strauss published an article in pressconnects titled, “Want to fix the teacher shortage? Here’s how.”
The article outlines eight ways to make teaching a more attractive profession.
To summarize the article they state, “If we want more teachers, we must make the profession attractive financially and creatively. Let teachers do what they do best — teach!”
How much more “attractive” can “teaching” be?
1. You no longer have to be dedicated to educating children, just willing.
2. You are given a structured curriculum, so no time spent differentiating for students.
3. You are given scripted lessons, so no time spent bringing personal experience into the lesson.
4. Many students are classified with learning disabilities so they are out of the classroom for a substantial portion of the day, lowering the class size.
5. You only work 180 days out of the year.
8. You are given a monetary incentive to work in failing schools.
9. Controlling student behavior is more important than guiding student learning.
10. Student success depends on how well a question is answered not how well the concept is understood.
11. Reading is decoding, Math is rote, Social Studies/History/Geography is almost non-existent and Science is delivery not discovery.
Making the teaching profession attractive attracts the wrong type of individual to it, leaving the profession to be ridiculed and disrespected.
There are plenty of dedicated educators wanting to become and remain teachers if they would simply receive the respect they deserve as gifted and talented individuals who recognize and respect the fact that every child they serve is also gifted and talented and can be taught to be an asset to their family, their community and this world.
Research has shown that receiving respect in the workplace is more important than receiving a monetary increase in pay to individuals who are dedicated to their profession.
When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, there will be no lack of dedicated teachers to guide them.
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