“Invest in Teachers”
Posted August 9, 2012on:
I got attracted to this article “Invest in Teachers” http://coopcatalyst.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/invest-in-teachers-the-art-of-teaching/
by this quote: A teacher is someone who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework – Lily Tomlin
Very nice piece of article. One of the things it mentioned which I couldn’t agree more:
According to an article written in 2009, Invest in teachers to raise achievement, “Children in classes taught by the best teachers learn four times faster than those in classes taught by the poorest ones.” Professor Dylan William of the Institute of Education, London says “Children in the most effective classrooms will learn in six months what students in an average classroom learn in a year, and students in the least effective classrooms will take two years to learn it.”
I doubt how many from those in the Ministry of Education department read this and understand this. Instead of pushing the schooling age to start from 5 years old, one of the most urgent task to me is: train good teacher.
And the article also do a detail analysis on teacher’s development in two top high-achieving countries, Finland and China.
One of the thing that caught my attention is this:
Freedom: Regardless of what school you go to in Finland, you’ll be offered the same equal academic opportunities. This consistency is a result of strong curriculum and good teachers that believe education is a human right and should be given equally to all students.
Shame to say, here, policies and all sort of tactics are used to make certain type of schools fail, like don’t provide enough infrastructure, over-crowded classroom, and worst of all, don’t provide enough teachers based on students size.
One of the newspaper cutting I kept (very heartbreaking when reading it) : Chinese schools there are shortage of classroom/schools, and shortage of 1874 teachers; whereas for there are excessive classrooms by 3802, and an excess of teachers by 58409 for the national schools !!!
Is it just poor management (very very poor indeed) or some “mean” tactics used to oppress the other non-mainstream schools. So obvious isn’t it? Sigh…
Some other quotes I like from the article:
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” - Ignacio Estrada
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van