There is a clear difference in supporting the educational needs of our children and supporting “teachers”. For example, in one case it means that we are dedicated to improving the system that delivers learning to our most precious resource. The other case means that we’re just blindly supporting people who think they’re teachers.
And that kinda pisses me off.
Look, I get it. Many of the most influential people in my life are teachers. Some of my most FAVORITE people are teachers. But I love and respect them more for what they do and who they are than the job they hold. In short, just because someone is a teacher doesn’t mean they are entitled to the reverent awe that teachers normally get.
As in any organization or occupation there are people that are simply not suited to handle the task. They don’t have the skills, the mindset or the vision. In some cases this can be coached and managed. A teacher can “see the light.” In others, it simply can’t. And in those cases we should call it what it is and remove the individual from the scenario.
Raleigh, N.C. — Wake County public schools’ new superintendent Tony Tata said Tuesday that he has visited 60 schools in 60 days and that his first priority is to “protect teachers and classrooms, first and foremost.”
Tata appeared on WRAL-TV’s morning news and said he is budgeting enough money to keep teachers and give them a bonus.
“We found enough money for the next year to keep every teacher in the classroom and to grow teachers,” he said. “I’m actually recommending a $500 bonus to every full-time teacher.”
What the WHAT?!?
When you give a “bonus” to EVERY full-time teacher then it isn’t a bonus; it’s a flippin pay raise. A bonus is something that’s given to someone that does something that merits a bonus.
Look, teachers are key. Good teachers are hard to find and should be paid more. But the shitty ones–GONE! And until we admit, and say as much, we’re just continuing the horrible set of circumstances that got us here in the first place.