December 04, 2008
More on Teacher Quality and Support
Continued from "Teacher Qualification and Support." Charlie Rose's interview with teachers of the year (http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/9167).*
Not all teachers in less affluent schools are mediocre. Sometimes, there are exceptional teachers that do not have the resources (such as textbooks, access to computers, access to materials for class projects or activities, etc.) for students to gain maximum benefit from the class. Many times, these teachers do not have the support of school administrators and colleagues to make positive changes to the program. These teachers tend to suffer the most from burn-out, and in this state, and become part of the problem.
Therefore, if we focus our attention, as Jason Kamras (2005 National Teacher of the Year winner) suggests, on eliminating mediocrity among teachers, it may be possible to dramatically change the educational experience a student receives. The problem with this, however, is that we have to replace these mediocre teachers with the more exceptional ones, meaning we have to find a large supply of them. For this reason, I think the only way to encourage more exceptional teachers to enter the workforce is to show them that the standards are high and mediocrity will not be accepted. If the standards are higher, it is possible that more qualified teachers will be interested in pursuing careers in education. As a result, students benefit most of all.
Above is a picture of Jason Kamras with some of his students.**
Thanks for reading!
* “An hour on Education with National Teachers of the Year.” Charlie Rose. http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/9167. July 10, 2008.
**Picture courtesy of http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/images/I64793-2005Apr19.
Posted by ksackett at December 4, 2008 02:10 PM