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Check this out: US Education Sucks Because Teachers Suck

This is a long article, but well worth the read. The author, Elizabeth Green, has a beautiful writing style and gives great examples and stories to draw you along.

What particularly interested me in this article (link below) was towards the end, when she starts discussing how teaching methods are not really taught well to teachers. Yes, read that again. The teachers of our children go to school to learn to be teachers, and the actual method teaching classes are in the minority of all of their classes.

The majority of teachers simply teach as they were taught. It’s easier, makes more sense to them and is commonly accepted as OK, even though the results they are getting from students are still terrible (wow, the statistics that Ms. Green lists in her article are horrendously embarrassing!).

Ms. Green goes on at the end of her article to also discuss the nonchalance that US teachers have about their professions and the lack of professional development that they do.

I personally think the whole system is screwed and needs to be overhauled. Teachers should work all year long, even during summer break. I actually recommend changing the break system entirely. Give the kids December and January off instead, doesn’t that make much more sense? There are more holidays at this time and it’s easier on a calendar-basis (full year rather than split years).

The teachers should be working solely on professional development during the break. Wow, what an impact that would have, right?!

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? – NYTimes.com.

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