- Alan Klayman
- Lahaska, PA
- United States
Govt. has it all wrong. Up the salaries for teachers and we will attract and retain the best and brightest minds.
Start teacher salaries at $150,000 and with bonuses make them go up to $750,000. Fewer of our 'best and brightest' will become investment bankers, or lawyers and more will become teachers. Raising the bar on education, instead of "Lowest Common Denominator / get everyone through", can only help the economy and spur on innovation by giving our next generations real information that can help them and their communities succeed.
How do you pay for this? Increased incomes = increase tax base. Cut Administrative staff (Superintendents that do nothing and know nothing), people hired to man a copy machine (really happens!), consolidate school districts, outsource HR, Tech, Transportation and other redundant services.
In essence put the emphasis back on the children and away from the self-interest of school boards, superintendents, politicians and cronyism.
Get rid of tenure and lousy teachers that are there for a paycheck and treat the kids as a nuisance. Put incentives in place to reward the best of our schools to keep them, nurture them, and pay them.
Put in curriculums that actually are relevant to today and the future. Stop experimenting with reading and math, we know how they work. Start teaching real skills like - balancing a checkbook, creating a website, manners, courtesy, geography, selling, interfacing with others, creating groups, public speaking. Teach 3 languages starting in kindergarten.
And increase funding for all of the Arts.