Why Can't We Clone Great Teachers?
Posted by Dave
on the on the Teacher Chatboardhttp://www.teachers.net/chatboard
We have a teacher shortage in much of this great land, much in specialized areas such as bilingual and special ed. We need sign language interpreters and Spanish speaking assistants. Why? How can we improve this situation?
We will begin to improve this situation when we awaken to the reality that certification is, for the most part, meaningless; when principals accept as their primary duty their constant visitation to classrooms to observe the teaching there; when teachers are hired for their knowledge of their subjects and their love for them; when buildings, programs, extra-curricular activities, "enrichment" courses and improving technology are put at the bottom of our lists of priorities and good teachers and solid subjects are put at the top thereof; when we begin asking ourselves important questions (like, "What are we demanding of our students and why?"); and when the teacher unions take seriously the age-old duty of unions: to monitor and grade teachers in their competence - just as trade unions monitor and grade their members.
When any of these things happen, you will see dramatic improvement.
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