Keep our Educators Working!

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) proposed the “Keep our Educators Working Act of 2010” bill that would provide $23 billion to extend the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

How are educators reacting to this bill?

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One Response to “Keep our Educators Working!”

  1. Brad Monson

    Re: The importance of good schools and good teachers

    To use an analogy:
    IF students are like a crop that is grown, then teachers are the seeds. If you want a good crop (well educated people) then you need good seeds and enough seeds to do the job. When times are hard, it is not a good idea to plant fewer seeds or poor quality seeds. If you want to get out of hard times, you take your best seeds and plant more of them. It may seem wise in the short term when people are hungry, to eat the seeds. If takes care of an immediate need. But in the long term it creates problems of not enough seed to grow a crop. So to, at times when things are tough, it is unwise to cut back on teachers. It may have a short term gain, but create a long term problem.

    Regarding our failing education system and getting rid of bad teachers
    Again to use the seed analogy.
    It is true that some seeds are better than others. A few are bad. What usually makes most of the difference is the soil and water, not the seed. To say that bad schools are because of bad teachers is to assume that all soil is the same and they get the same amount of water and fertilizer. That is usually not the case. The best seeds will not grow in poor soil or if there in inadequate water. If we want to improve schools, we have to start with the students themselves. They come to us emotionally dysfunctional, like poor soil. With all of the ills of today’s society, it is a wonder that some of them function at all.


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