What would happen do you think, if the top graduates of some of America’s best colleges, say, “eleven per cent of Yale’s senior class, 9% of Harvard’s and 10% of Georgetown’s,” for example, joined Teach For America to become teachers in “the nation’s worst public schools” following a quick, five-week boot camp?
And if they agreed to do so for average salaries, ranging from a rural $25K to a NYC $44K, commensurate with or slightly below what they would be making in the private sector
Don’t allow the unions to get ahold of them. Don’t allow them to be brainwashed into the “Education School” fads that have destroyed American education.
What do you suppose would be the results of this group, derided as “band-aids” by the “professional” “educators” that have so badly failed America?
“On average, high school students taught by TFA corps members performed significantly better on state-required end-of-course exams, especially in math and science, than peers taught by far more experienced instructors. The TFA teachers’ effect on student achievement in core classroom subjects was nearly three times the effect of teachers with three or more years of experience.”
And why would that be?
Well, they certainly are more academically qualified that grads of “Education” schools. They certainly are more motivated. But that can’t be the only reasons.
They know more about the subjects they teach, so “Students are better off being exposed to teachers with a high level of skill.”
Now that isn’t what the teachers’ unions are telling us. They tell us we just need more money in the same old programs, more technology in the classroom run by a teacher form the same old “Education School” factory, more time for teachers to be away from the kids so the teachers can pick up new the latest fad from the academically-challenged “Education Schools.”
Nope. It takes education and motivation. And unions not only don’t provide that, they militate against it.
Time to get rid of unionized teachers. If they want to be paid and treated as professionals – and they must be if America is to continue to succeed – then they must be treated completely as such.
Merit, not representation, must define their professional lives. Unionized teachers are a symbol of the industrial age. We are in the Information Age now. It is past time to acknowledge that these unions have outlived their usefulness and now are a drag on society at all levels.
Industry leaders must take note and push for this kind of improvement in education , rather than H1B visas, which improve foreign education rather than our own.