Throwing Money at Education

What Schools Need
The answer is simple and it is not only money it is respect and discipline. Teachers need to respect their students and students and parents need to respect their teachers.
As to the idea that more money is the primary need. WW II classes in England were held in open fields using a portable chalk board and folding chairs. This was done because many schools were destroyed and the Germans did not bomb open fields. Yet even under those conditions learning continued. It is true that you often get what you pay for and many teachers are woefully underpaid for their skills. Truly it would be nice to have higher salaries and castles to teach in but neither are really necessary for learning to take place.
Here are some simple truths to consider.
Not all teachers are good at their job but there are more parents than teachers and many of them are doing badly at theirs.
Nearly all children and parents are capable of shading the truth to serve their own interests or protect their own perceptions. Few parents want to think ill of their own children.
Problems in class rooms do not happen in isolation. No teacher ever taught a child to swear, throw things, hurt others or be disrespectful.
A fair fear of consequences is a necessary ingredient in most classrooms just as it is in society.
Every time a teacher calls home or a parent calls the school to complain they reduce the student’s level of respect for both parent and teacher.
Every time a parent over reacts in a negative way to a perceived minor transgression at school they tend to damage their own child by their actions.
Every time an undisciplined or disruptive student destroys the class room atmosphere they steal time and learning from the other students in that class room.
Too often today the tail wags the dog instead of the other way around.
If you want test scores and learning to increase although it may help to throw money at the problem the simpler solution is to give the control of the classroom back to the teachers where it belongs.

About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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1 Response to Throwing Money at Education

  1. Greatescape1 says:

    Absolutely right on….unfortunately, I fear the ship has sailed!

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