Forest Hills School District Encouraging Productive Teachers

Forest Hills School District, and many school districts like it around the country, are not holding teachers to an appropriate standards. It has also become very difficult to remove poor teachers. This not only hurts the students but it unfairly forces teachers to remain employed when they no longer have a passion to teach.

But Why Is This Important?

This is important because the current education system gives the same job security to teachers who are passionate about their job as it does to teachers who simply want to earn a living. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to earn a living, it is important that those who seek to work in the most important form of employment with a major impact on the future generation have the right priorities in mind for wanting to do so.

The Teacher's Code

What is the Teacher's Code?

The Teacher's Code would be a formal document that teachers would have to sign before they are able to teach at a school.

Potential Facets of the Teacher's Code:

  • All teachers must renew this contract at the end of every academic year if they are to continue to be employed at that school
  • If teachers are found to have a history of poor student performance in their classes they will be subjected to investigation so long that the investigation does not hinder their ability to teach.
  • Teachers must have a minimum of one hour "Open office" time to ensure that they are available to students if the students need additional help.

THIS SYSTEM WOULD NOT BE INTENDED TO CONTROL SCHOOLS THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT, NOR WILL IT ATTEMPT TO CONTROL THE MEANS BY WHICH TEACHERS TEACH.

RATHER ITS PURPOSE WOULD BE TO PUT POWER INTO THE HANDS OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SO THEY CAN ENFORCE THE PROPER ACTIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE STUDENTS

ANY USE OR ABUSE OF THESE POWERS BY THE ADMINISTRATOR CAN BE VETOED BY EITHER THE COMMUNITY OR THE TEACHER'S UNION

Positive Effects

In Summary

  1. A "Teacher's Code" is implemented over a course of 10 years. This gives time for educational professionals to adjust as well as providing a grace period for teachers
  2. When it is implemented, Administrators will have the power to reprimand or even remove teachers in accordance to what is stated by the code.
  3. A byproduct of increasing standards would be decreasing the number of teachers available. By decreasing the number of teachers, scarcity is created.
  4. Scarcity=Demand. Schools will now be forced to pay teachers more for the work they do to encourage them to work there and be more critical of their applicants.
  5. By having better pay, teachers they will be more invested in their job and students will be able to perform better thus earning the school more money in grants and funding.

Final Result

The next generation of teachers will earn more, are more effective at their job, and are more inclined to put extra effort into the single most important job in history.

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