Why young people don’t want to become teachers
Young people don’t want to go into teaching because they see teachers treated poorly.
I’m a retired teacher with 35 years of experience in the public schools. Every five years of this experience saw a new approach to how I should teach. Some approaches received great-sounding goals like “No Child Left Behind.” We found it was leaving many students behind, because it was a political response, not a socioeconomic solution.
Politicians and taxpayers talk about how important education is, but impose impossible mandates without any willingness to pay for what is required. This means academics and the arts get cut. What doesn’t get cut is class size.
Over decades, teaching became more entertainment and less a serious endeavor. Memorization of multiplication tables, grammar, spelling, civics all required a gimmick or game without any knowledge and understanding of the basics by students. The expertise of the teacher is disrespected.
Funding public education is where the problem begins. The unfair school property and occupational taxes are from a 19th century model where wealth was property. How do you expect taxpayers to support public education when the money they must pay is unfairly levied? Phil Vanderstine Richland Township