> *Nothing can make our schools better in the short run.
> Well, actually, a massive rapid infusion of cash and influx of highly
*> capable and dedicated teachers would certainly improve them quickly!
Obviously I do not believe a massive rapid infusion of cash and influx of
highly capable and dedicated teachers is forthcoming. I stand by my
statement that this would in fact improve schools quickly.
*Cash would be consumed by the tenured - but newly enriched - union members.
Not if it was budgeted for other uses. Teachers do not usually have a
contractual clause stating all new district income must be equally
distributed among tenured faculty or anything!
*Capability of teachers?
Is English not your first language?
Capability: (noun)power or ability, the extent of someone's abilities.
Does that help?
*You mean we'd check the quality of their output - students - instead of
No, I don't mean that. I did not speak as to the method of determining the
capability of teachers as that is not my area of expertise. Since you ask,
I will comment that the method you propose seems foolish - seems to
promote things like "teaching to the test," for one, and seems as if it
would be harmful to those teachers who take on groups of less-capable
students! What seems fairer to me would be a combination of looking at the
educational background of teachers, letters of recommendation, and percent
increase in grade level or test scores in students. But as I said, that's
not my area of expertise, and I'm just saying that having increased
numbers of very capable teachers could only help the situation.
*Yeah, that's about likely.
None of this is LIKELY. But a statement was made that NOTHING could help.
I countered this with a description of things I think actually WOULD help.
*Dedication? When you motivate by money, you attract those motivated by
I don't get your point. Who said anything about motivating by money? I
believe part of the definition of "capable and dedicated" is "motivated by
a desire to do a good job," for one thing. The kind of teacher I'm talking
about would be available to help students who were having problems, via
telephone if necessary, or some other arrangement, for example.
* Try staying after school to help some kids and see how fast your steward
comes down on you.
Hmmm. I went to a public school; I stayed after school to do extra work
with teachers pretty regularly. I have friends who are teachers; they help
kids during their breaks or after hours pretty regularly. I don't know
what you are talking about.
Now, now. Which is it? Fantasy, or conventional?
Hillary Israeli, VMD
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