Monday, October 25, 2010

Top Ivy League Grads are not going to be teachers

I just read this Tweet from Diane Ravitch, a Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. Quote: "Top 1/3 of Ivy League grads not likely to enter a profession where pay after 20 years is so much less than other professions." What does this mean for the profession of teaching? It means some of the most outstanding students from America's most outstanding universities are not going to become teachers. It is that simple. Until the annual pay for teachers increases, other professions will attract the best and the brightest. Perhaps we should look to other nations as models such as Finland and Singapore where the profession of teaching is thought of with respect. For when people respect something, they usually value it. And if they value it, they certainly will pay for it.

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