From Washington Post:
Education Sector, an independent think tank focused on better student outcomes, recently released a report on teacher views on reform, evolving profession and unions. Called Waiting to Be Won Over, the report contains these findings among others:
Reform "is like a bus -- you're either going to be on it [as a passenger] or you're going to be driving it," Greg Ahrnsbrak, a Denver teacher whose middle school received autonomy from the school system, told a crowd of educators at the Capital Hilton in downtown Washington today.
"I see no policy, as far as reform goes, from my union," he added. "We need people out there willing to take risks and do bold and imaginative things."
Here's more educational food for thought this morning.
-- Three out of four teachers said they think too many burned-out veteran teachers refuse to leave because of the benefits and tenure.
-- Fifty-five percent said the process for removing ineffective teachers in their school systems is "very difficult and time-consuming."
-- Sixty-eight percent said they thought giving principals and teachers more control over schools would be better for students.
-- Twenty-five percent of the teachers said they would be willing to trade tenure for a $5,000 raise, while 29 percent said they would prefer to hold onto tenure.
Should U.S. education be guaranteed?