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View Diary: MN-Sen: Al Franken (D) Rallies Up Teachers' Support For The STEM Master Teacher Corps Act (8 comments)

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  •  don't look at it that way (4+ / 0-)
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    bgblcklab1, Mostel26, jim in IA, OregonOak

    Arts--yes they need more love and support too (but they can play to the technology part of stem if they are smart)

    I am a technology teacher. I call myself the left-handed, red-headed stepchild of education. Our equipment and needs are significantly more expensive than, say, literature (books vs. computers and other equipment) So even if we are funded at the same level as the rest of the school, it's nothing.

    When they schedule they consider the common core first--we get the times that don't work for those teachers. They (the education community) speak to standards, but ours are all over the map. I think I speak for many STEM teachers when I say we figure out how to make our curriculums work with the common core--it's a collaborative thing.

    Funding STEM primarily with an eye to keep teachers in schools is a good idea. My pay would probably more than double if I took my skills to the business sector. Seeing as many districts pay on education and time this might trickle over to other teachers as well.

    So funding one section adds to the pie, it doesn't necessarily take away from the rest of it.

    •  Pandora's box being opened (1+ / 0-)
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      jim in IA

      It isn't just STEM teachers that could leave to get paid more than double to work in the private sector. I could easily double my salary by going to work in law.  The English teacher across the hall from me is a published playwright.  One of our art teachers could take over a rather large family owned sign making business.  The STEM Master Teacher Program is a great start, but why not write a bill to fund master teachers across all subject areas? Paying teachers in different instructional areas or grade levels more money than their colleagues starts to destroy the strong levels of collaboration and cohesion needed to take a school from a mere place of work to a great institution of teaching and learning.

    •  Either/Or Thinking is America's Hobgoblin.. (0+ / 0-)

      We dont do "Both" very well when it comes to our rhetoric.

      I agree with KarlawithaK. Technology demands more funding due to the levels of equipment, space and preparation it takes to actually devise a daily lesson (and every day after day after day after day in succession.. mind boggling task) which will work for kids.

      My hat is off to the tech teachers of America who still remain. As an English teacher, my job would be SO much more effective if the tech oriented kids were building things, going to conferences, interacting with each other, rubbing shoulders in competitions and cooperations and actually HAD some Humanity to write about and think about and apply their literature to.

      This is not Either/Or people, it is both.

      Maybe that is the wedge that Al Franken has discovered to enable BOTH tech/science/math and liberal arts/humanitis to regain some traction in America. For now, I will settle with my side of the ledger being acknowledged as we rebuild tech and science education, with an eye to fully funding the promise of humanities education to complement and fortify technology education.

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 06:09:01 AM PST

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