Thursday, April 12, 2007
"People who go into teaching don't check off pay as one of their motives," Ingersoll says. "On the other hand, they get mortgages like everyone else."
"But the district's salary schedule - which adjusts pay based on experience and educational background - offers only tiny increases until teachers near their 20th year in service. Raises have been modest, averaging 3.6 percent over the past decade."
It's a constant debate and something one often hears: "Teachers are underpaid." It is for the most part a well documented fact that in comparison to other jobs teachers are underpaid. It is something, however, that is a well-known and little changing fact.
Those who become teachers aren't expecting a giant paycheck when they decide on that career.
Their is continuing discussion among school districts and even higher levels on whether this will change for the better. Only time will tell
"There is no question about who is winning this open, ever-escalating war between the academic and athletic cultures. In too many places, the tail already wags the dog. The continuation and possible acceleration of this development is a prospect that demands the engagement of presidents, trustees, faculties and higher education associations. The most glaring elements--academic transgressions, a financial arms race and commercialization--are all evidence of the widening chasm between higher education's ideals and big-time college sports"
This is a serious problem that is ongoing in all levels of education. It is implanted in children at a very young age that their role models and heroes are those they see on television...most of the time professional athletes. If you were to ask me at a young age I probably would have said something along the lines of Michael Jordan being my hero.
Is that right? No. Along with that and the way athletics are viewed by the media as "glorified" and "professional"; athletics have academics on the ropes.
It is necessary for educators to focus students of all ages more on their academic goals and less on their concentration towards athletic stardom.
"Many school boards, mindful of their responsibility to provide safe school environments for students, have implemented policies specifying dress codes"
Dress codes were something that I found during my years at school to be sometimes excessive. There are many factors, however, that dress codes are though to be necessary which include gang involvement and also appropriateness .
Students and Faculty will constantly be in a fight over this issue. Do I believe dress codes are necessary? Yes, to a certain extent. Obvious situations which show gang involvement should be stopped as well as obviously innappropriate dress. Should the student wearing a hat in the doors of the school with his hat backwards be punished? No.
When it comes to dress codes I believe they should be less strict but students should also use common sense when it comes to picking out an outfit.
As young as I am I can still remember when technology wasn't as big in the classroom as it is now. To me technology was something that progressively became more visible in the classroom each year: very little in elementary, some in junior high, more in high school, and finally online classes available at the college level.
This is quickly changing though and I believe this if for the better. Some elementary classes now have computers in them with fun games that help teach certain subject. Not only do the children learn through these but they find it more attractive. The eagerness to learn through technology is something that begins as a "cool" or "fun" alternative to every day learning when one is young and just stick with them throughout their scholastic careers.
I believe technology in the classroom is important for that very reason and I will integrate it into my classrooms quite often. The students are more willing to learn that way and sometimes it can be even more beneficial.