Politicians who are friendly to education seem to be fairly scarce these days, particularly at the national level. Looks like Hillary Clinton found one though. A word to the wise: If you arent’ registered to vote. GET IT DONE. If you know a teacher who isn’t registered, or who just isn’t voting, hound them until they do!
Finally, a note of gratitude. Our kids were blessed to have many wonderful teachers. There were some weak ones, but RPS teachers were mostly solid, some spectacular and a few life-changing for our children. As I listen to public debate, it often sounds like our main issue is how to get rid of bad teachers. But this problem pales beside the larger issue of how to keep good teachers.
Too many great prospective teachers never enter the profession and too many great teachers leave too early over low salaries, high-stakes testing pressure, discipline challenges and an overall belief that society doesn’t value the profession. We need a robust debate about how to value and attract good teachers.