June 03, 2004

Here's a Shock

Isn't this what conservatives have been telling you all along?

At a time when schools and teachers' unions insist that hiring good new teachers is critical to education, schools must instead choose between the connection young teachers often have with students or the skills and experience of older teachers. Because state law requires districts to cut newer teachers first, there is really no choice. Young teachers lose.

The article continues:

"The strange thing about it is that the people at the top are just waiting for that two extra years so they can get their [full] retirement," Maxwell said. "The teachers who have been there for 30 years have got their foot, their arm, everything but their butt -- which is still in the chair -- out the door. They want to leave, we want to come. And nobody wins."
...and even with fewer students, payroll goes up

Schools lose, too, said Charlie Kyte, executive director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators.

"The best of teaching staffs have a nice combination of mature, older teachers toward the end of their careers, a nice group of midcareer teachers who are skilled, and a group of young teachers, who are less skilled but are more connected to the kids," Kyte said. "Having younger teachers to mentor is also important for older teachers. It helps them be renewed by the freshness of youth. They get a chance to pass on their expertise."
Even as teaching jobs fold, payroll goes up...

And it always will. The teachers union has spent the last 30 years turning teaching into a blue-collar job; it's succeeding.

The inability to keep younger teachers not only hurts schools now, but it also will hurt later when the loss of new teachers turns into a shortage of experienced teachers, Kyte said.

Posted by Mitch at June 3, 2004 04:24 AM

Mitch - this post has caused the strange appearance of your site. The problem, I'm almost positive, is you start a tag in the "Main" section of the entry, but you close it in the "Extended" section. Because the "Extended" section doesn't appear on your front page, the closed tag never occurs.

The solution is to open and close the blockquote tag in both sections. Put a close at the end of "Young teachers lose." and then start a new one at the beginning of your extended entry.

Sorry to post this in comments! I couldn't find your e-mail address in my mail history!


Posted by: Monkey RobbL at June 4, 2004 11:18 AM