Daily Prompt We Can Be Taught! What makes a teacher great?
We know the answer to what makes a teacher great. We’ve always known the answer to this, now just get the government and its testing fetish out of the way of good teachers. When you’re done with that, remove the profit motive from public higher educations. “Full Time Equivalents” do not a college or university make.
Beginning in elementary school, start teaching people things they can USE so by the time they finish the obligatory 13 (that’s THIRTEEN) years of public school they are qualified to work at a REAL job. Establish an apprenticeship system for students who have neither the aptitude for nor the interest in academia. Eliminate remedial classes from higher education. Instead, see that those who graduate high school are READY for the next step in their lives.
Reserve university for specialized fields that require higher education. Throw out over-paid tenured faculty who don’t really TEACH anything and replace them with tenured-faculty who DO teach. Pay teachers a living wage. Drastically reduce or eliminate altogether dependence on “lecturers” “adjuncts” and “contingent” faculty.
Provide teachers the tools they need to do their jobs — and one of those tools is TIME. Don’t harry them with reports, exams, data requests, constant self-analyses and observations. Let them teach. Treat teachers with the respect they deserve because MOST people cannot even BEGIN do what teachers do.