July 1, 2009 by David Gillaspie
School districts should have a chance to correct themselves. Let the talented administrators make the cuts needed to stabilize a budget within growth boundaries. They know the drill and they won’t hurt themselves doing it.
Let us see our teachers and administrators for what they are: professionals.
What do professionals like, what is it that satisfies their years of training and sacrifice? Getting paid. I know that sounds crude and perhaps cynical, but what do professionals define themselves as but someone who gets paid for specialized knowledge and skill.
And we’re talking deep knowledge. Any teacher or administrator in the building can talk your ear off. Ask a question and get a load, then wonder why Johnny falls asleep in class.
These are people, after all, who go to school to teach school. The smart ones get paid on both ends. They talk the talk.
Is this a problem? With all the cuts and proposed cuts on every district table, isn’t the only real solution a sense of trust. Who can we trust?
Can we trust school board members who run school districts according to social engineering agendas?
Can we entrust schools to board members who use it as a stepping stone after running doomed elections for higher offices. If they are on a school board they are still in the public eye, and that’s most important for them.
There is certain bitterness in teachers, a certain alienation. Here is a population of the most educated people on the earth. (I say that given the American education system is the best on earth. By the way, these are most likely the first people to get it if there’s ever an equivalent to China’s Cultural Revolution here.)
And what is the most common complaint we here from teachers after a few drinks? They don’t get paid what their worth. It’s not Little School House On The Prairie anymore. It takes more than a shined apple to make a teacher happy. A teacher needs a good house and a boat. They need to travel, to see the world. It makes them better teachers.
One solution is to invite a teacher to go with you on your next vacation. Another is to back off the teacher during a conference when you learn little Johnny has been lying to you about their homework.
Memo to parents: Do your job and let the teachers to theirs. Neither of you get paid enough for what you do. Only one of you has a real complaint.