March 15, 2011

Teacher pay

I really like reading about teaching research.  It’s a lot easier to read about research than focus on planning my lessons.  Productively procrastinating?

 

This video is from Jon Stewart.  He talks about the recent funding cuts to education in Wisconsin.  It’s GOLD.  Watch it!

 

http://videos.mediaite.com/video/Jon-Stewart-030311

 

Was also reading an op-ed in the NY Times about teacher pay.

 

These days, brilliant women become surgeons and investment bankers — and 47 percent of America’s kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers come from the bottom one-third of their college classes (as measured by SAT scores). The figure is from a study by McKinsey & Company, “Closing the Talent Gap.”

That McKinsey study suggested that:

Improving teacher effectiveness to lift student achievement has become a major theme in U.S. education. Most efforts focus on improving the effectiveness of teachers already in the classroom or on retaining the best performers and dismissing the least effective. Attracting more young people with stronger academic backgrounds to teaching has received comparatively little attention.

There some really interesting education research being done…  If I need a break from classroom teaching  after 2 years I think I’ll look at finishing my Masters by doing research rather than coursework.

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