So it concerns me when political appointees override the elected state superintendent and move to allow product experts (also presumed political appointees) to obtain teaching licenses with a minimum of teacher training. Presumably the thinking is that if one has a college degree and is knowledgeable in a given area, one is able to teach. It’s possible that such a person may not be able to handle their own children.
There is no doubt there is always room for teacher improvement, but many top high school students are not choosing the field of education for their careers. And why should they? The average FWCS pay is just 51 percent above the poverty level for a family of four. After an advanced degree and many years in the system, a teacher might earn as much as $63,615, far less than the levels of other professionals and dozens of other fields that do not come close in terms of criticality.
Besides the weak income prospects, respect and social stature for teachers have been replaced with verbal and sometimes physical abuse or general apathy. Appreciation for the job is uncommon. Financial support of improved working environment is frequently resisted.
So if we are looking for more good teachers, it’s not going to be found in neophyte successful corporate executives. We have to make teaching as attractive a career as it was 50-60 years ago. We have to recognize how terribly important the job is and react accordingly.
Leonard M. Goldstein