About Voices of Change

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2 thoughts on “About Voices of Change

  1. Have you noticed that over the last few years, school boards have been making more and more decisions regarding how education is to be conducted in the class rooms? These people, as a rule, have little to no education in the teaching profession, yet they feel they can and should make all the decisions. It has become a display of power on the part of the school board. The superintendent they hire can be fired if he/she does not do what they say. So what you have is a group of people controlling the direction of education with very little understanding of the art of educating. The other major issue is how money is spent. The school board can spend money with little to no accountability. Not that the community can’t have some say, but few people go to the meetings, ask the right questions or petition to view the treasurer’s account of school spending. Teachers take a beating for asking for a raise, yet the teachers don’t control the money. The amount of money spent on non-related and unnecessary education expenses because of bad decisions by school boards could easily give one to two percent raises to teachers in most school districts. (Legal fees, settlements, double expenditures, reimbursements, conferences, dinners, etc.) Teachers don’t hire teachers, yet the union is blamed for the bad teachers. What about the good teachers? Isn’t the union also responsible for them? Why can a football player or any other professional ask for more money based on his performance and what others make in the profession? When teachers ask for money, they are considered greedy. Today a school teacher can have as much education or more as other professionals, yet they are not paid on the same scale as their fellow professionals. If you have ever had to sit down with your child to help him/her with homework, you can begin to see how difficult it would be to have 20 to 30 kids, all with different learning abilities, to work on homework every day. Somewhere along the way, people have lost respect for the teaching profession. Too many people look at teachers as a profession anyone can go into. Teachers are, after all, only in it for the time off and the money. In the last year or so, local school districts that have had to negotiate new contracts with their local unions have not been able to collaborate on improving the education of the school system. In the news we are reading constantly about union disputes with schools. It doesn’t even seem to be an issue of money anymore – it’s simply the inability of people to sit down and collaborate and communicate in a civil manner. It’s us (school boards) against them because the school boards know better. I admit the union has not always made it any better, but it is difficult to work collaboratively with someone who does not respect you. Lastly, we find it interesting how little the Ohio Education Association (the group that most local teacher education associations or unions are affiliated with) has done to improve the image of the teaching profession or to come out in support whenever the Union is being attacked. Each school district’s union seems to be on their own when dealing with the media on the issues. Sure the OEA is in the background, but never front and center. Who else is better equipped to help educate and promote the teaching profession?

  2. Thx!!!!

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