posted on Apr, 9 2013 @ 09:05 AM
I feel this is a really complicated subject. I'm from Texas, and most teachers here are not paid very well. I have two cousins who teach in the
same city, one in a wealthy school district, and the other in a poor school district. The one that works at the wealthier school district used to
teach ESL at a poor school district, and she makes much more money at the wealthy school district. She has identified parental involvement as a huge
factor as to why the children in the poor school district struggle so much. She has actually had to purchase supplies from both districts from her
own funds, but that is another story.
Both of their jobs are dependent on results of the students test scores, so guess which one worries more about job security?
I just watched a video on abc on comparing public schools to charter schools in Chicago, and it was very interesting. The success rate for these
children is so much better than the public school. The charter school teachers are paid bonuses for their children's success, and I can see how this
would work well. The other differences though, are just as important. Differences such as fostering a sense of competition between students for
academic achievement. Another HUGE factor, is that the teachers are not union. Their salary and bonuses are solely dependent on student acheivement,
they can be fired for lackluster performance.
Charter schools are supposed to be open to any student. I wonder about the parents that go out of their way to send their children to a charter
school, perhaps they are more worried about their children's education? Obviously the students are more motivated.
I think the whole public school culture in Chicago needs to change from the ground up, and it is about a lot more than higher salary for teachers,
since this obviously is not working for them.