Skip to comments.America Has Too Many Teachers
Posted on 07/10/2012 5:14:22 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
President Obama said last month that America can educate its way to prosperity if Congress sends money to states to prevent public school layoffs and "rehire even more teachers." Mitt Romney was having none of it, invoking "the message of Wisconsin" and arguing that the solution to our economic woes is to cut the size of government and shift resources to the private sector. Mr. Romney later stated that he wasn't calling for a reduction in the teacher forcebut perhaps there would be some wisdom in doing just that.
Since 1970, the public school workforce has roughly doubledto 6.4 million from 3.3 millionand two-thirds of those new hires are teachers or teachers' aides. Over the same period, enrollment rose by a tepid 8.5%. Employment has thus grown 11 times faster than enrollment. If we returned to the student-to-staff ratio of 1970, American taxpayers would save about $210 billion annually in personnel costs.
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Unfortunately, many of the teachers are morons, who have taken endless, countless courses in such idiotic arcana as “Lesson Planning” and other useless tommyrot, while, at the same time having little knowledge of their subject.
Moreover, far too many are dedicated and doctrinaire Leftists, more interested in indoctrinating the young in a peculiar variety of Marxism which asserts in an utterly tiresome manner that, “Marxism could work if only it were done right.”
As all such idiots, they like to pretend that the failures of the USSR, Red China, Vietnam, Cuba, Cambodia, and on and on, never happened or were somehow anomalous.
That would be bad enough; however they also seek to instill in the young their warped values and childish view of history.
America needs far fewer such characters, not more of them.
America has too many people who can’t teach pretending to be teachers.
Since 1970, the public school workforce has roughly doubledto 6.4 million from 3.3 millionand two-thirds of those new hires are teachers or teachers' aides.
I wonder how many of those teachers are actually in the classroom. How many teachers aides did they have in 1970? Biggest thing that needs to be done for almost all public school systems is review how many administrators they have and get rid of the excess number, it will make balancing the budget much easier.
Employment has thus grown 11 times faster than enrollment. If we returned to the student-to-staff ratio of 1970, American taxpayers would save about $210 billion annually in personnel costs.We'd also have better public education if we replaced them with Speak-and-Spells.
Add in all the social workers, speech therapists, psychologists, special needs teachers, etc. and it’s not hard to figure out why it averages $12,000 per student.
Privatize education—all of it.
They weren't paid all that well either. Most of them could be seen working various odd jobs in the summer or other times school was not in session. One of our best music teachers found out what the district was paying sending musical instruments off to Minneapolis for repairs. He offered to do them in his basement at a fraction of the price.
He was so good that, next thing you knew, neighboring school districts started sending their instruments to him as well. He ended up retiring from teaching and going into the business full time. His timing couldn't have been better. For it was about that time the NEA got salaries pushed up along with a lot of bs restrictions on hiring and on allowing teachers to do outside work. They wanted them beholden to only the union.
In our small town elementary school, there are more school personnel who are not teachers than actual classroom teachers.
The problem in my humble opinion is we have too few teachers and far too many union members....
Teachiing at one time was considered a “calling” as in your life had a higher purpose ....
Now most teachers are basically union tools....
Myself, I think the best thing that could be done for American education is to utterly abolish all these degrees in “education,” and make sure that a teacher teaching English, for example, knows the use of English - vocabulary, syntax, and grammar.
But, yes, the proliferation of bureaucrats - i.e., characters who know absolutely nothing about anything except how to trip up others for not observing an encyclopedia of rules - is a horrendous problem not only in education, but throughout society.
They are not educated to “educate”- they are educated to “transform”. Scan a book list at a College near you in education department - particularly at the Graduate level, and look for Friere & Dewey. The goal of “transformative education” is not education - but social change, the same as the messiah in th White House.
And if you look at the values of our young ones passed to them by government education - it is working, especially as illustrated by the youth vote in 2008.
Leaving no teacher behind.
It’s not the teachers, it’s the administrators....you could get rid of 90% of them and not miss a beat.
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When I entered first grade, there was no Head Start, and there were at least 40 kids in that class; but we were reading simple stories by the end of the year. Two reasons why: (1) the kids were under control and ready to earn (I got my mouth taped shut once for talking out of turn and eventually completed graduate school despite that act of “child abuse”; and (2)phonics were used to teach reading
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I don’t know about teachers, but definitely too many administrators. There are something three administrators for every teacher in educational districts.
I recall 30+ as the norm circa 1960. Basically 6X5 desks in a room with a partial 6th row.
Ugh! Don’t get me started on Dewey. Horrible educator.
Wrong headline. America has too many “educators” and way too few teachers.
What I don't understand is how Barry demands that the government needs to hire more teachers, when its the districts themselves that do the hiring according to their needs.
Another zero rant that goes nowhere when you understand the truth behind it.
Agreed. Getting rid of one administrator equals cutting 2-3 teachers.
But every teacher in a “rubber room” should be terminated immediately.
Kind of like Bill Clinton wanted to add 100,000 extra cops to the streets in the U.S.
Ok...So,... government owned and run socialist-entitlement schooling worked somewhat well in the beginning. So will Obamacare! Why? Because the values of those who first worked in the system. We won't immediately see a great difference in our medical care. It will take a generation or two before the real horror of Obamacare is felt by all.
In a generation or two every proposed solution now being offered up to “fix” socialist-entitlment schooling will be hauled out to “fix” socialist-entitlment health care. Few citizens will see or understand that socialist-entitlement programs can NOT NOT NOT be fixed!
One more thing,...your teachers likely came from my father's generation ( born 1913). He grew up in a household where his grandfather served in the Civil War! If socialist-entitlement schooling limped along somewhat effectively for us, it was due to the values of teachers working to overcome the impossible.
The **PROBLEM** with our system of socialist-entitlement schooling is that it is SOCIALIST! The only possible solution is privatization.
The problem: American has a government owned and run socialist-entitlement school system. It has **always** been a socialist-entitlement system and that we have the mess we do today was completely predictable.
The solution: Complete privatization!
On average education majors have the lowest SAT and GRE scores on campus. So....If you know a really smart teacher, somewhere out there in Educationland is a really dumb teacher that is averaging out the averages. Scary to think about. Isn't it?
Next...Nearly any teacher working for more than a year in the government's socialist-entitlement schools is a LIAR! Why do I say that? Reason: The number of functional illiterates and innumerates who are awarded high school diplomas and then go on to fail their military entrance exams. ALL of these teachers and principals should be criminally prosecuted for defrauding the parents, the child, and the taxpayers, and then hit with a massive class action suit that would financially leave them completely destitute.
“The Cartel” is an excellent documentary on the very subject you reference: