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  •  I sometimes wonder about that (2+ / 0-)
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    Heiuan, MKSinSA

    The number of people with the temperament for teaching is finite; the number with the temperament for teaching under difficult circumstances would be even lower. I'm not sure how much enticement higher pay would be to get people to do such a thankless job.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 10:48:58 AM PDT

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    •  It works for surgeons. Also not a fun job. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Plenty of people who would love to teach (3+ / 0-)
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      raboof, Heiuan, cubsfan

      never even try because they know they'll never be able to make much money at it. Plenty who do try leave because of awful working conditions, 70-hour weeks (that's if you want to do a decent job) and low pay.

      Summers off? Hah! Not if you want to keep advancing and get ready for the next year.

      Teachers are the most valuable employees in the nation. They're in charge of the entire next generation.

      They ought to be making six-figure salaries, once they become master teachers (I kinda believe in the apprentice-journeyman-master system from the middle ages in this, combined with the university teacher ed that I used to teach).

      To achieve that, we're talking major professional competence, achieved with excellent training and abundant supervised experience.

      And--community schools with no more than 300-400 students (pre-K through high school), in excellent facilities that are also community centers, with parents heavily involved from start to finish (good chance to get the parents educated too).

      Maybe we'll get something like that by the next century?

      May your entire existence be one sensuous, frolic-filled experience lived in defiance of care!

      by Fonsia on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 11:39:15 AM PDT

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