For some time now there has been a decline in America’s test scores in math and literature. While some people blame the no child left behind act, I think the biggest problem that the school system faces today is how easy it is for someone to become a teacher. I have two examples I am going to go over and when I am done hopefully a lot of people should agree with what I am saying.
The first example I have is an old chemistry teacher I had in high school that I feel kept me from my biggest ambition in life which was to become a micro biologist. Of course the idea of taking a chemistry class seemed exciting to me because I knew it would be needed for my future career, but when I got to class I noticed something, the room smelled like Jack Daniels and the teacher was stumbling around the class. Every day for the rest of the year the teacher would show up to class in the same shape. He never gave us any homework or assignments. Like everyone else in the class, I passed with an A because he was too drunk to care. After a few days of being in chemistry at college, I realized I had no idea what was going on. The professor listened to my story and said if I was to pursue a career as a micro biologist I would be set back about two years. So I changed my major and my life goal. If the board of education was stricter on teachers to do their job and not worry about tenure, a lot more students would get a better education to prepare them for college and their future. If nothing else, if the board noticed one of their teachers were slacking or doing something unsatisfactory, they could investigate what could have possibly caused the change in the teacher and get them the help they need. By the lack of involvement, I am forced to believe that all the board of education really cares about is the money they receive and nothing else.
The last example I would like to talk about involves a friend of mine that has recently graduated from college and is now teaching second grade. She is an okay person when it comes to listening but that is about it. She has serious psychotic problems and cuts herself on the occasion and even does drugs. While at school people reported her behavior which lead her to the campus therapist and a prescription of anti depressants but that didn’t even seem to play a factor in employment with the school system. The fact that she is put in a classroom of young children to teach them life skills they need when she has none amazes me to no end of how easy it is to become a teacher. If the board of education did see this, that means they are putting the lives of children at risk. Perhaps it has something to do with the 250,000 job openings in the school system today. According to Brian Stocker there are between 150,000 and 250,000 job openings in the first and secondary school systems. Although it is too early to tell if she is having any affect on the children, one can claim that the chances of any affect being positive are slim. If the board of education was to spend a little more of the money they receive on paying teachers, maybe they would get more applicants and be able to find the teachers that are hazardous.
Hopefully after reading this blog, you will be able to look back and think about your teachers and decide if any of them were a hindrance to your current job or any other job you have had. This blog should also help you keep an eye on your kids current teachers to make sure they are getting the best education that they can.