Stagnation, being unable to accomplish one’s job at a high level, is one of the greatest sources of low teacher morale. Why do you think this country treats teaching so differently than it does other professions?
After being asked to answer the above question, I have been giving it a lot of thought. Sadly, the answer I keep coming back to is that we just don’t have our priorities straight. The more we enjoy something, the more value we place upon it. We don’t think twice about showering millions of dollars upon sports heroes and movie stars, while a pay raise for teachers entails months of meetings, arguments, and eventual denial. Frankly, we pay to see what we ourselves would like to be.
It has to be hard to have high morale, when you're underpaid, under-staffed, and expected to work miracles. The stress and hopelessness that results, simply has to have an effect on student morale, as well. However, when held to a higher standard and provided with the training to achieve these standards, teachers and principals of even the lowest performing districts can make an amazing turn-around in their schools. The Success Academies have proven this time and again. Their method is now being shared with the rest of America, via the book Mission Possible.
From the website: “Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of the highly regarded Success Academy Charter Schools, and literacy specialist Arin Lavinia offer groundbreaking, classroom-tested methods for dramatic improvement in teaching and learning. Moskowitz and Lavinia reveal how one Harlem charter school, comprised of neighborhood children selected at random, railed against all odds to emerge as one of the top schools in New York City and State within its first three years. Success Academy scholars have met or exceeded the test results of public schools for gifted students and elite private schools.”
Now that I know such vast improvement is possible, my hope is that the success will be duplicated in school after school, district after district. This can be achieved! Share this wonderful tool via word-of-mouth, through social media, and gifting this book or sharing purchasing information with other parents and educators. I home school my children and have benefited from reading this book, as well. It has given me some valuable information that I plan to implement into my teaching method.
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