I’d just like to share a part of a post I came across from the NYT and some comments I agree thoroughly with.
I also veer into the research on what works and doesn’t work in education. What strikes me is the evidence that the teacher outweighs everything — you’re much better off with a great teacher in a big class in a bad school than with a poor teacher in a small class in an excellent school. Yet, we invariably reserve the best teachers for the privileged students in suburban schools whose parents are already investing money, time and energy into their kids. The disadvantaged kids in inner city districts who are the neediest get the worst teachers. – Nicholas Kristoff, NYT.
I think I agreed with all the comments that points to one fact : Parents make all the difference. Not more funding, not more certification, curriculum change, etc. Parents who CARE and are committed make or break a child’s future. For the full context of the comments I lifted for this post, go to this page here.
Quality education requires quality teachers. One of the most essential qualities for a good teacher is “withitness.” Also essential are students who are ready to learn. – Reechard
Ask yourself this question: Why do homeschooled children and children from private schools perform so much better than those from public schools, and generally at least cost per student? Gee, maybe free parents know better than the government. – Daniel Rowlands
I think we underestimate the importance of team when we look at “great teachers”. A great school is more than just a superstar teacher, in the same way that a great sports franchise cannot be built around a single player….Part of the reason the best teachers go to the wealthy districts is because of the commitment level of parents, which is as rewarding as the joy of teaching itself. We need to focus on the parent-teacher relationship as key to the success of the students. – Ben Vos
No one really seems to want to talk about the real problems in education. The real problem is socio-economic….The problem is at home. …We can throw all the money in the world at education, but if the most important component, the parents attitudes, aren’t changed it won’t matter. – Anthony
But please keep in mind a query Jerry Brown posed on his own becoming governor of California more than 30 years ago. He asked then, if teaching is the main purpose of education, why is it that administrators get paid so much more than teachers? – Phil Balla
Education will not reform itself, any more than the car industry did until Japan threatened our complacency in the 70s. The fact that 340 years later they are still basically clueless is an indication of how long this is going to take in education. – Hazbin
I retired two years ago after 39 years of teaching. After spending three years as a high school English teacher and one as an elementary teacher mostly to try to learn how to teach reading, I spent five years as a reading teacher( my M.S. is in Developmental Reading) on a hifgh school level. The last thirty years I started, taught and then administrated a literacy program for teenagers and adults…………..We need to restablish that parents and communities also have a crucial role in the education of children, that not all children can or should have a strictly academic education, and finally provide enough funding so schools in all communities have some sort of parity in facilities, equipment, materials and quality trained educators. – William Stickney