Thursday, June 19, 2008
It seems like there are always budget problems with our school systems. Teachers are underpaid and under qualified.
What can be done?
Look to the past.
I have two simple solutions. First, build apartments on school district property. Not low income housing, but upscale condos. Second, make it easier for people to become teachers.
In the past, teachers were housed by the communities that they taught in. They were taken care of. Do this again. House the teachers that work at the school, at the school, and rent the other units in the building to generate revenues for the school system.
Teaching is something that you either can or can't do. We have all had teachers that couldn't inspire a bowel movement. There are many qualified people out there that would try their hand at teaching if they could do so without the red tape. People with degrees and real world experience could be teaching kids. You don't need degrees in early childhood psychology to teach kids how to read and write. You don't need special training to see a black eye and ask a kid how they got it. In the past, all you needed to have to be a teacher was knowledge and the desire to share it.
You never know were a good teacher is going to come from. I learned how to weld from a guy named Steve.
Sure, you might need some more administrative oversight, but would that be such a bad thing? Maybe if there were assistant principles or some other administrators checking in and participating in classes, we wouldn't see so many Samoan twelve year olds fathering teacher babies.
Seriously, think about these solutions, and open a dialogue with your local officials. The most important thing to learn is to learn from your mistakes. If things are not working the way they are, then we need to change them.
"Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing."
-John F. Kennedy