These schools’ bad records are due to their bad teachers. Tenure is a leading cause of why the education system is filled with low quality teachers, says Guggenheim. Tenure is a thing that is allowed to teachers that makes it so teachers are 100% job security for life (Guggenheim). To increase the quality of
Matthew Laubach Instructor Laura Grow English 0700.02 January 18, 2012 A Rhetorical Analysis of Anna Quindlen’s “The Wages of Teaching” Being a school teacher in today’s world is a tough line of work. People don’t understand how underpaid school teachers are for all the hard work they complete. In the article, “The Wages of Teaching,” Anna Quindlen argues that teachers are underpaid for the job they do. Quindlen’s approach in this article creates a solid argument of why teachers should get paid more. Quindlen’s first main assertion is “Teaching is the toughest job there is.” (100).
Teacher accountability presents that supporters of teachers being held accountable argue that ranking teachers numerically relative to their peers is the only way to evaluate teachers. Many supporters feel that the child should not be the only one that feels the burden of failure. Other people argue that a teacher’s ability cannot be summarized in a letter or number grade stated in Education: Teacher Accountability. If teacher are effective they will be able to keep their job, and if they are not an effective teacher the school district will have no choice other than to let the teacher go. Teachers are tested annually to make sure they are and can be effective teachers.
Educator Geoffrey Canada is one person making a difference. As is Michelle Rhee, the head of the Washing D.C. public school system. One area the film highlights is teacher tenure and how the unions make it difficult to get rid of ineffective teachers. To prove that the union’s allegiance lies in protecting jobs and not in improving education, Michelle Rhee proposed a merit based pay system designed to reward good teachers if the union would get rid of tenure. The union leaders wouldn’t even allow the proposal to go to a vote.
Well, the teachers involved in these schools specialize in two subjects (e.g. Broadcast Journalism and Political Science) this allows the teacher to be compensated greatly. This also allows for teachers to have greater influence on the students. The dark side of the fight for Merit Pay will and has ended the careers of some of the best teachers in education. They were unable to make students achieve at the level placed upon them.
The reforms, pushed by the Obama administration, have been controversial around the country, with some teachers saying the ratings based partly on student performance are unfair and could lead to the dismissal of thousands of teachers. But reformers say they will keep the best teachers in the
Wealthier people have their children attend “better” schools. These schools are “better” because there are more funding for the school to use on educational purposes. They can have better equipments in the classroom and hire better qualify teachers. In Mike Rose’s essay “I Just Wanna Be Average”, the author described the educational experiences of a student at a middle class school in Los Angeles. Base on Rose’s essay and my personal experience, I believe Anyon’s claim about school’s socio-economic class determines the type of instruction students receive is wrong.
Gatto begins his article by explaining that “boredom” is the most common factor in students not wanting to participate in school. Most students brought to mind that a lot has to do with the teacher. If a teacher isn’t passionate about what they are teaching or giving students real life examples to get them interested in what the students should be learning then the students aren’t going to receive the education they need. In the article, Gatto, refers to who to put the blame on “boredom.” In reality Gatto decides that the fault is on both students and teachers. Gatto then moves on to the question of whether schooling for 12 years is even necessary.
Those that get lucky and have a support group tent to make it to the end in order to receive their diploma or certificate and attain a better paying job. What I have learned after doing research and watching the videos provided, my perspective changed only towards the government. The government is somewhat at fault for generational poverty. They know that the schools offer education based on their resources and if schools in these areas aren’t offered enough resources they cannot provide a quality education for those kids. They claim that without a quality education, generational poverty will never cease.
“It's time to admit that public education operates like a planned economy, a bureaucratic system in which everybody's role is spelled out in advance and there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. It's no surprise that our school system doesn't improve; it more resembles the communist economy than our own market economy” says Albert Shanker. Charter school legislation was passed in 1991 to have more educational options. Charter schools were created because teachers wanted to create small educational opportunities for children living in poverty, children of color, and immigrants so that they could be well educated and succeed academically. Charter schools provide the kind of motivation that will help students overcome obstacles.