Saturday, March 06, 2010

What's Wrong with Schools

Three guesses as to where the following paragraph came from:
If you saw Sunday's Free Press that shown Robert Bobb the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, move Mark Twain to Boynton which have three times the number seats then students and was one of the reason's he gave for closing school to many empty seats.
Wrong. It came from an e-mail from the President of the Detroit School Board, which directs the education of over 90,000 students.

And then there are the three out of four aspiring elementary teachers in Massachusetts who failed a basic math test last year.

And Texas teachers who fail certification exams multiple times and still get certified.

Oh, and then there is Illinois, where teachers can get into teacher certification programs by only getting 35 percent correct on basic skill tests.

Just in case you were wondering what was wrong with our schools.


Thomas M. Cothran said...

Perhaps the money spent on buildings should be spend instead on teacher salary. Even though financial reasons aren't and shouldn't be the whole motive for going into teaching, it would probably raise the standards for teaching by attracting people who would otherwise go into other fields.

Martin Cothran said...

If you count in benefits, teachers--particularly in places with a low cost of living like Kentucky--don't have it too bad. It would be a cheaper way to accomplish the same purpose to make it easier for people from other professions to get into teaching through more liberal alternative teacher certification.

Right now the teachers unions control virtually every aspect of teaching including the entry into it, and make it difficult to get into.