October 19, 2021

Why Teachers Are Taking to the Streets

Teachers’ morale has plummeted over the past decade, leading teachers to protest in the streets, along with widespread teacher shortages and far fewer students choosing a career in the classroom.

But let’s start with the good news.

The latest PDK survey showed that teacher support is the highest in 50 years, with 66% of respondents saying teachers are underpaid. In addition, 73 p. 100 of them, all taxpayers, said that they would support the termination of work if necessary.

Then there’s the rest of the story.

Teachers take to the streets for many reasons, primarily for money. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nationally, the average salary of a public school teacher is $58,000. In Oklahoma, it’s only $42,460, the lowest in the country.

That means teachers earn about 23 percent less than other college graduates, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute; In other words, about $350 less per week.

In addition, there is a quality factor, or rather, its perception. A recent Gallup poll found that while 70% of parents of school-age children are satisfied with the education their children receive, only 43% of Americans overall think so.

And, of course, the question arises: why are there differences of opinion?

Partly don’t look beyond the politicians who influence the functioning of schools and the media who run around with the ball of teachers…

Bush’s response to our so-called academic problems was his 2002 double version of “No Child Lag behind” (NCLB). Since all students were tested annually in grades 3 to 8, all had to master mathematics for 12 years. . Never was; couldn’t have happened.

This was followed by the noble and equally unrealistic ESSA “Every Student’s Success Act” (ESSA), signed by Obama in 2015 and still in place. With regard to this law, the U.S. Department of Education states: “ESSA contains provisions. this will help ensure the success of students and schools. “

Among them:

It promotes equality … for low-income and much-needed American students.

· It requires – “for the first time” – that all students are taught to high academic standards…

· This ensures that vital information is provided to all stakeholders through “annual state-wide assessments that measure students’ progress in achieving these high standards.”

· “This allows local innovations to be supported and developed … in line with our investment in innovation and forward-looking areas”.

This increases the administration’s investment in quality kindergarten.

Action must be taken and measures taken to achieve positive results in the lagging schools and their historically low graduation rates.

Of course, there are more of them, but you understand the idea. Meanwhile, “reforms” are continuing, and now technicians are working on them. At the same time, expensive charter schools continue to gain momentum despite their generally gloomy results.

And now back on stage, Obama’s seven-year education secretary Arne Duncan has written a largely selfish book. It is entitled “How Schools Work: An Internal Narrative of Failure and Success” by one of the longest-serving education secretaries in the country. It begins with the phrase: “Education is based on lies. It’s true. “

This is from a man who has not taught children in the classroom for a day, but whose influence on education affects to this day. His “correction” began, but didn’t end with his race to the top (RTTT) worth $4.35 billion, bribing states to adopt common state standards, written and related standardized online tests. The scores were then compared with the teacher’s grades, whether they taught math or english/language subjects.

The publisher of P.S. Simon and Schuster describes the book as “opening up the status quo that helps sustain a broken system through the education of our children.”

Isn’t that an amazing result? Demoralized teachers hold placards with pickets along with the most disconcerting conclusion of the MPC: “Parents do not want their children to be teachers.”

Who can blame them?

Indeed, according to the American Association of Educational Colleges, the number of students choosing and completing teacher training programs fell by 23% between 2008 and 2016.

In addition, 17 per cent of new teachers leave the profession within five years.

But good news for those who are still in the trenches. Education Week recently confirmed that 101 candidates for their national legislatures have already passed general elections. Jennifer Samuels, an 8th-grade teacher who is running for the Arizona House as a Democrat, says, “If only a handful of us win the seat , … Teachers will have a say on Capitol Hill – and we don’t. No, I’ve been eating for so long. “

And so on, in the hope that you will also make your voice heard.

Carol is a teaching specialist who has worked with high school students and their parents for more than 25 years in the Metakton School District in Pennsylvania and now directs student teachers at Ursinus College. In addition to the booklet, 149 tips on parenting in school: middle and senior levels and numerous articles in publications such as Teaching Pre-K-8 and Curious Parents, she is the author of three guides to successful learning: Getting School – Wise: A Student Guidebook, Other -Wise and School-Wise: a guide for parents and an English language event for each month of the school year.

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