"The consulting firm McKinsey recently examined how we might attract and retain a talented teaching force. The study compared the treatment of teachers here and in the three countries that perform best on standardized tests: Finland, Singapore and South Korea.Today in the wood shop, the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students practiced whittling in preparation for their camping trip this week. The 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students made Jacob's staffs to assist in their study of trigonometry.
Turns out these countries have an entirely different approach to the profession. First, the governments in these countries recruit top graduates to the profession. (We don’t.) In Finland and Singapore they pay for training. (We don’t.) In terms of purchasing power, South Korea pays teachers on average 250 percent of what we do.
And most of all, they trust their teachers. They are rightly seen as the solution, not the problem, and when improvement is needed, the school receives support and development, not punishment. Accordingly, turnover in these countries is startlingly low: In South Korea, it’s 1 percent per year. In Finland, it’s 2 percent. In Singapore, 3 percent."
Monday, May 02, 2011
blaming the teachers...
The following editorial is worth reading:The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries.