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Wed Apr 13, 2016, 08:22 PM

Local teachers discourage teaching careers

A math program at the U of A got canceled this year after teachers refused to recommend students to pursue careers in education.

"I don't want to impoverish people, by having them become a math teacher, or any teacher," said University High School teacher, DeAnna McDonald.

The University of Arizona Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers was set to host the workshop for high school seniors. Last year, nearly 60 students were referred to the program by their teachers. This year, the center sent out notices to more than 400 educators in Pima County. They did not receive recommendations from a single teacher.

DeAnna McDonald has been an educator for more than 30 years. She teaches statistics at UHS, but can't encourage her students to do the same.

When the U of A asked her to recommend students to the teaching workshop, she didn't respond.

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http://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/teachers-discourage-teaching-careers

"How do you say to a young person in high school, 'I want you to take on college, and I want you to perhaps go into debt, because college is expensive. And then I want you to get out, and I want your yearly salary to be so bad, so low that you're not gonna be able to afford to live."'

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n2doc Apr 2016 OP
elmac Apr 2016 #1
Pakhet Apr 2016 #2
Baobab May 2016 #7
Loudestlib Apr 2016 #3
Dustlawyer Apr 2016 #4
Smarmie Doofus Apr 2016 #6
Baobab May 2016 #8
Festivito Apr 2016 #5

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 10:33 PM

1. On average, NBA players make $5.15 million, MLB players make $3.2 million, NHL players make $2.4 mil

 

Average Salary for All K-12 Teachers $46,931

I guess our kids futures aren't as important as sports.

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Response to elmac (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 10:53 PM

2. They never have been. n/t

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Response to Pakhet (Reply #2)

Mon May 2, 2016, 09:58 PM

7. GERMANY

educates young people for free, even Americans, and they teach in English

THEY care about the future of humanity.

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Response to elmac (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 11:15 PM

3. Just think, if those organizations paid taxes we could afford to pay the teachers.

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Response to elmac (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 11:16 PM

4. In my town it's about $34,000 I think.

Last week on the same day a math teacher started slapping a kid in the head and ridiculing him and another teacher in the same district body slammed a kid into the lockers send him to the ER with a bruised sternum.

I guess they are a little frustrated too!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 14, 2016, 07:54 AM

6. You get what you pay for.

 

We came to a consensus.... as a society.... during the Bush/Obama era, that we were going to let public ed be driven by 'market forces'.

i.e. Cheap-labor capitalism: tenure, unions, decent pay, teachers who know what they're doing : all OUT.

Data, tech, all variety of gimmicky $$-making "innovations", and low-cost labor: IN.

Result:

>>>Last week on the same day a math teacher started slapping a kid in the head and ridiculing him and another teacher in the same district body slammed a kid into the lockers send him to the ER with a bruised sternum. >>>

But let's not pretend that we haven't produced the circumstances that we *deliberately* set out to produce.

This IS what we wanted.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Apr 14, 2016, 03:59 AM

5. Sad. How does Norway collect enough to pay teachers more than doctors?

I think that was Norway. Maybe it was Finland. Doesn't matter. How do they fund that.

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