The biggest problem in education is that the number of administrators continues to climb,...and climb, and climb... it's getting absolutely crazy. The
administration is where the high salaries are, the administration is where most of the problems are and the administration is where they put the
"lousy teachers" who should have been done away with along ago.
The district I work in has an administrator for every 10 teachers. Can you believe that??? Years ago, there would be 50-60 teachers in a school and
ONE principal, ONE superintendent and two secretaries. They ran the schools and they ran them pretty well. Today, There's a superintendent, three
assistant superintendents, a technology director, 9 or 10 directors of this or that, assistants for each one, secretaries for each one, THEN you get
to the individual buildings. In the buildings, there's a principal, two or three assistant principals, several guidance counselors, four or five other
paper pushers, about half a dozen secretaries and still..... still, about 50-60 teachers. It's absolutely ridiculous!
And what do all these paper pushers do? Well, they give more forms for the teachers to fill out, more things to "try" in their classes, more
observations and interruptions, more meetings to go to... they've divided up the work of one administrator and now have 20 or 25 doing what that ONE
used to do and the teachers are now doing what two teachers used to do since the number of students have increased so much.
Now, granted, there are many teachers who are just outright lousy. But they don't get rid of them, heck, they just make them administrators.
Something I heard 20 years ago that still rings true today. If you have a teacher that's a lousy teacher, you make him a coach. If he's a lousy coach,
you make him atheletic director. If he's a lousy atheletic director, you make him a principal, if he's a lousy principal, you make him superintendant.
If he's a lousy superintendent, you send him to work at the state department. It's as true today as it was back then and it's still just as
90% of teachers are good teachers. They've been trained to do what they do. They've had at least 4 years of education, most have much, much more.
Instead of putting them in a classroom and letting them do what they're trained to do, they put them in a classroom and have them interrupted every 10
minutes and pile a ton of paperwork on them that takes up more time than exists in a week and then expect them to do all the teaching they are
supposed to do. It's dang near impossible... but of course if it doesn't get done or something goes wrong, well, it's all the teacher's fault. ....
No child left behind is the biggest slap in the face of teachers that has ever existed. All the various state education reforms are slaps in the faces
of teachers. Instead of addressing the various issues in our world today, everything is blamed on the teachers and the teachers have no power to do
anything because their hands are completely tied. There's absolutely nothing the teachers can do to solve the problem because they are tied up so
tightly, they can barely breathe, let alone fix any problems that exist. But, they get all the blame for it, even though they have absolutely nothing
to do with most of the problems out there.
I'm honestly surprised that anyone goes into teaching anymore. Anytime there's a student that expresses an interest, I try my best to guide them
toward something else. I don't want my kids to have to go through this with all the corruption and all the micromanaging going on. If I hadn't
experienced what I KNOW it CAN be, I'd leave it in a heartbeat. I know we can get it back where it needs to be, but not until we do away with at least
75% of the administration jobs and put our focus back on the classrooms with the students and the teachers.
There are too many parents who shouldn't be parents. There are too many administrators who shouldn't be administrators. There are some teachers who
shouldn't be teachers and I'll admit that, but the biggest problems are outside the teacher's hands.
edit on 24-10-2012 by PurpleChiten because: (no reason given)