Monday, March 07, 2011

Jeffrey Mirel discusses trends that discourage new teachers in NY Times blog

Tags: digital signage, mirel, teacher education, teacher quality

The NY Times website hosts a blog called Room for Debate in which they invite experts to opine on important questions and issues. On March 6, 2011, they asked Why Blame the Teachers? and Jeffrey Mirel was one of seven experts invited to share a perspective.

Mirel writes: "One of the key elements in virtually every major school reform effort in the U.S. today ultimately depends on the quality of teachers. Historically, it has always been difficult to attract and keep talented young men and women in the teaching profession. But tenure, health care and retirement benefits made longer careers possible. By cutting salaries and benefits and by seeking to end tenure and collective bargaining, conservative politicians and their right-wing media supporters are making the pursuit of a career in public school teaching a fool-hardy proposition. I cannot imagine a more certain way to make public schools worse."

Jeffrey Mirel is David L. Angus Collegiate Chair, School of Education; and professor, Department of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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