Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Do teachers need higher salaries or...?
Greek philosopher and head of Aristotle’s school in Lyceum, Theophrastus, once stated, “Time is the most valuable thing man can spend.” This is how a school leader felt in 290 BCE, and nearly 2000 years, the sentiment still stands—little has changed in how we educate our children.
In the US, most people work 250 days a year. Yet we expect our students and teachers to make one full year of academic and social growth with 70 fewer days, missing a huge chunk of time during the summer months and numerous snow days, assemblies, fire drills, standardized testing days, etc. that subtract from the 180 total most districts employ. Furthermore, by most district contracts, teachers are expected to show up 10 minutes before school begins and are allowed to leave 20 minutes after the last bell. During the day, they are given roughly 50-100 minutes of lunch and prep time, most of which is used up by meetings and supporting struggling students.
(Damion Frye at Quartz)
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