All our life we learn things that will be taught to our kids. If they listen that knowledge will save them from hard learned mistakes that we learned the hard way. It has been my experience that the young go out of their way to ignore the wisdom of their parents. Why is it that the youth want to learn the hard way or they just don’t believe their parents. I think wisdom is hard to teach, it must be learned from personal experience and the youth will need to make their own mistakes. Dana Sibilsky learned from the school of hard knocks.
One of the biggest questions facing the education system is the issue of convincing the best and brightest teachers to work in districts that are in the greatest need of outstanding teachers. The problem, of course, is that there is often little incentive to push established teachers out of comfortable roles without offering better financial compensation or some other incentive for leaving their current position. According to Luke Weil, one way to improve the quality of teaching in disadvantaged districts is to focus on placing outstanding future teachers there during their student teaching.
There have been several studies that have shown that most teachers will look to work in districts that are close to their hometown. That is, unless, they have done their student teaching in a disadvantaged district, in which case they are more likely to pursue a professional opportunity in a similar district. Exposing teachers to a rewarding opportunity where there is a greater need for their talents also helps in retention and ensures that the best teachers remain in the profession for many years to come.
A simple change in policy with regard to how student teachers are placed could help these educationally disadvantaged districts significantly, leveling the playing field for students across the country so that income and affluence does not have such a clear impact on educational opportunity. If student-teaching placement could be done with a greater focus on exposing teachers to these educational environments, the whole system could be improved as a result.
Good teachers are few and far between. Think back on your school years and try to remember any teacher that inspired you. It is a shame that there are so few. Most teachers are in it for the money and have no interest in the children beyond what is required. Some teachers are so bad that they actually hurt the children’s chances of making the grades they need to succeed. If you had more than one inspiring teacher in your life you should consider yourself lucky. Luigi Wewege was exposed to more than his share of bad teachers. Just hope you have better luck with your children’s teachers.