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Teachers Say What’s Wrong With Education In The U.S. (Video)

What could be more positive, exciting, and important to a society than good education? Then why aren’t teachers paid more?

States across the U.S. have reported teacher shortages. AJ+ spoke with some teachers who are still working in the classroom about what’s wrong with public education. ~ AJ+

Some people think that professions funded through taxes deserve low pay. Regardless of the education required, or the great service rendered to society, these professionals are expected to more-or-less financially sacrifice themselves for the sake of duty. Since these professionals seldom work in settings that generate profit, they are disrespected. Low pay is disrespectful.

In actuality, the so-called ‘helping’ professionals like teachers, librarians, counselors, and social workers are publicly funded because they are deemed necessary to the common good. They are not just helping out a little, they make our society strong, from the neck up. Without them, we become stupid and dysfunctional.

For the sake of argument, however, let’s say these professions are icing on the cake – something to enjoy when we can afford them. Well, it’s embarrassing that America is too poor to have cake with icing.

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

6 Comments

  • I’ve always wondered why teachers are the last consulted about what needs to be done to improve education…the ones I know have plenty of ideas! And they all agree: a child is not a test score.

  • American children are in trouble. As are teachers. As are Americans. But then why would the establishment want an educated working class, one that might eventually think its way through to a solution to its real problem? And why not make extortionate profits while ensuring that the promise of an American education will be its failure?

    The result, the sick and fractured nature of the system, a pattern emerging everywhere, is the policy. At least that is how it appears to me. Another public domain to eviscerate and further privatize.

    I can’t imagine what it must be like for a teacher for whom teaching is a vocation and a calling, and who clearly recognizes what is being done. At some point, teachers in America will have to get political in the classroom and get their pupils to think about why their situation and that of their parent’s is as it is. Paulo Freire, anyone? If the teachers won’t radicalize their pupils, who will?

    • You express the underlying thoughts and fears of many. And when teachers are fired and blackballed for teaching students to observe and think – it will be up to the ‘aunts’ and ‘uncles’ online, in the neighborhood, at the dining table. Keep on blogging, Uncle Norman.

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