And this article is no different.
In it, he talks about how everyone agrees that there is something wrong with our education system. But he offers at least one potential solution, which has been proposed by the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
We need to raise the importance and prestige of teachers in the United States, in order to recruit the best and brightest for the position.
Duncan’s view is that challenging teachers to rise to new levels — by using student achievement data in calculating salaries, by increasing competition through innovation and charters — is not anti-teacher. It’s taking the profession much more seriously and elevating it to where it should be.
Even here at OU, it feels like people look down on those in the School of Education. It (wrongly) has the reputation of being an easy major, for those just looking to get an MRS degree.
What is wrong with this picture?!
Educating our youth should not be seen as an easy job. Not everyone can teach. It takes skill, patience, and endurance. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that teaching is anything but difficult. This summer I worked with people who came back every night from teaching, exhausted and scared that they weren’t making enough of a difference in their kids’ education. Teaching challenges even the smartest people, and our society should reward it as such.
I can’t wait for the day when public schools only accept those from the top one-third of a graduating class. Or for when people stop believing things like, “Well, teachers get the summer off, so we shouldn’t really pay them much.” Or even just for the day when I don’t get doubtful expressions when I tell people that I want to teach. By wanting to become a teacher, I will not be settling. I will be making a difference.