Make EDUCATION better! HOW?
I would like for all teachers to think about this. If the school system you work for tripled your salary
Want would you different in the classroom?
My guess is that you are already doing all that you know how to do.
More money spent on teacher salaries would not make teachers currently employed any better.
If teacher salaries were tripled, MAYBE more people would be attracted to the profession.
Would the new persons be better teachers, maybe, maybe not.
So how could we make free public education better?
Here are some ideas that will work.
I am convinced that people toil to get money to pay bills. People work enthusiastically and creatively and are most productive when they get recognition and awards.
Use the teacher of the year programs that are currently in place as a productivity tool. Require the Teachers of the Year at the school level to submit their best teaching idea AND their best discipline tip.
Make this program retroactive and publish in house these best teaching ideas as submitted by our systems best teachers. Additionally award each of the Teachers of the Year a Green Jacket just as they go at the Masters Golf Tournament.
In the school system closest to current residence, one of its problems is that 25% of the first years teachers quit.
I believe we should identify the first year teachers that have the greatest potential. I believe that the greatest quality for a teacher is enthusiasm. There is no substitute for it and it cannot be taught. We should identify these ENTHUSIASTIC teachers and nurture them by giving them a beautiful certificate embossed on wood that says they are ROOKIE TEACHER OF SPECIAL NOTE. No one quite when they are acknowledged to be great.
Created a permanent HALL OF FAME for teachers. Make it a permanent fixture, if we can forever honor men for activities that are not really important, we should honor teachers who change (and save lives).
Segregate classes with respect to males and females wherever possible.
Create a few academic focused schools within the system with no sports. These schools would focus on academics only. Any negative behavior would result in expulsion.
Rigidly enforce the rule of good grades required to participate in extra curricular activities.
Expand the curriculum in high schools to include unique marketable skill training courses. (i.e. computer repair, computer programming, forensic science, sales marketing, and broadcast journalism.)
Increase the number of outside speakers and presenters who are experts in the fields of study. Bring in local experts often for lecture demonstrations and nationally known experts for on-line video presentations.
Declare all schools closed in the summer. Make all schools theme schools. Let all the schools compete for students. ( this will work best for smaller school systems)
Require parents to sit in on classes at least once a quarter