I am talking in general - have you looked at where our children perform compared to those of other 1st world countries? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/...<quoted text>I think it depends upon where you live on how teachers are paid. Around here, in the suburbs, they usually make around $70,000 and that's NOT the top paid.
There probably are, definitely, teachers underpaid and overworked. They are not everywhere, however.
Kids are not as dumb as dirt. Parents also have to help do their part in teaching their kids. Too many parents leave it all up to the teachers and then complain.
Are your kids stupid? No. You teach them things. Part of it is the school system in certain areas. Not all areas, not all kids. Part of it is the parents as well.
I get a little tired of hearing how hard teachers have it b/c I know what they make around here and I know what their hours are. I try to check myself b/c it's not like that everywhere.
I realize in the urban and poorer areas it is much different, however.
We keep cutting programs out of our budget because the money has to be allocated to building maintenance or security. Teachers have to spend time teaching kids how to pass tests instead of teaching them how to learn (and around here much of that is the fault of the parents who want immediate metrics, instead if building a solid foundation).
Our school is having a celebratory night in a couple weeks to show off that their first graders are now proficient at reading and give them all library cards (if they don't already have them). Parents should have had their children reading last year and should be taking them to the public library regularly, by they make up excuses.
Teachers shouldn't have to do parents' jobs, but they do because parents are too busy or find it easier to abdicate their responsibilities.
My kids are smart and the Principal doesn't know what to do with my first grader. He has been spending half of the day in the second grade class taking math, reading and writing and he still gets no lower than 98% on his assignments. We'll see what happens next year. I had to fight for a year and a half for the school to challenge him and most parents around here have told me that they would have given up after so many "No"s. People settle.