Friday, April 16, 2010

Dodd:Teachers know best what student success looks like and know how to acheive it

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the following statement today as the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee conducted a hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the role that teachers and education leaders play in the education of students.

"If we want excellent schools - and more than want them, I would argue we desperately need them to compete in the 21st century economy - we have to provide educators not only with the funding, but with the training and development opportunities they need to improve and excel," said Dodd, "Teachers need the tools to succeed, the trust to deploy them as they see fit, and the time to show that they can get results."

Dodd states that a certain amount of accountability is what is needed to fulfill the goal of having a great teacher in every classroom.



Anonymous Dieter said...

Since Dodd and other useless, corrupt politicians can't complete a single coherent thought, let's help him out. The teaching cadre, especially in the middle and high schools, is undereducated and corrupted. To fix: (1) you don't make it through college with at least a 3.0, no teaching; (2) you must take the full academic coursework in your area of study (no subjects "lite" designed for teachers, such as those given at the CSU), or else no teaching; (3) teachers pay for their own continuing education so that they learn to value it; (4) no more summers off: you spend it in continuing education for half of it, and you rewrite your curriculum and have all of your "professional meetings" during the other half; and (5) no tenure and other grotesque benefits that are crippling municipalities: they do nothing but serve up arrogance. Now the other half of the problem is the superintendents' cabal. For these overpaid, undereducated clowns with their non-thesis "professional" PhDs: (1) you leave a school system within 5 years of hiring, and you are barred from serving as superintendent for another five years; (2) the pay for these jokers shall not be more than 25% higher than the highest paid TEACHER, not principal, etc, in their system; (3) you come to a town meeting demanding $12,000 for iPhones (Litchfield) and you are fired immediately.

April 18, 2010 at 8:25 AM 
Blogger Ted said...

Dieter said - is that like Simple Simon says? Obviously, his view of what Senator Dodd stated is tainted by a lot of anger and bile.

Teachers do need to keep with the times and to develop new strategies continually to correspond with the changing times. A lot of what they need comes with experience and the ability to have open forums with other teachers. A lot comes from studying. Empowering teachers to be a greater part of the decision making in districts and lessening the administration's need to jump onboard the newest "be-all end-all" ship purporting to have the answer to improving student performance is another part of it. How can you come up with good solutions when you are constantly having bad ones shoved down your throat by administrators who have spent very little time in the classroom? Federal money to school districts to be used to help teachers improve what they do would be a plus as long as it was used for that purpose directly and not doled out for more lame in-service sessions developed by the educational specialists now appearing in most districts.

April 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM 

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