"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Monday, March 02, 2009

A Teacher Bailout?

AIG, alone, has now received $150 billion to make up for the super-sized grand larceny that took place on Wall Street during the past eight years.

To give you an idea of what that one payout of $150 billion would mean to teachers, it would give all of our 6 million teachers a $5,000 raise for the next five years.

Of course, that would still not bring them close to comparable occupations (click chart to expand).

So the next time that a politician or Secretary of Education proposes to you that teachers must earn a raise through wringing higher test scores from children who are living in cars or crack houses, I hope you will spit in his face.

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