California leads the world in technology, computers, defense, R&D, univerities, aerospace, biotech, software, engineering, athletics, professional sports, etc. California must have the best paid Public Education teachers to support our unique position in the World. Pay Teaches what they deserve!
Babysitting for 8 months of the year?
What a sorry profession.
Refusing to work all of last year. Laziest profession , with 2nd place 🥈 going to “stay at home mom/dad”
What a joke
Mandatory 48 Wk year around instruction for students Grades 1-12.
Mandatory After-school until 6P.M Monday-Friday for Grades 1-12, or part-time job, or private tutoring center.
Separate After-School Staff, Coaches, and Teachers than the Day School.
Hourly Pay. Time and 1/2 Overtime Pay. Double time weekend pay.
Education is a scam. Unions are corrupt. Most teachers aren’t very bright. Bring back dodgeball, monkey bars, The Pledge of Allegiance, and The Ten Commandments.
Defund The Department of Education!!!
The problem with our education system (from the perspective of me, somebody who has never worked in it and doesn't know anything special, and it highly unqualified to have an opinion) is a lack of accountability, and a lack of rewarding actual good teachers.
So many awful teachers just skate through. I meet some absolutely lazy teachers due to being a high school coach. I meet administrators who were bad teachers, and now somehow were promoted to admin, and they're terrible at that as well. We have admin we work with sometimes who can barely write an email. They're highly disorganized, poor communicators, and can be hostile to work with.
Education refuses to draw talent from other industries. What other industries does this? Tech, defense, military, etc all poach talent from each other. Education silos itself. Then it pays only a small premium to admin, despite giving them twice the responsibility and throwing them to the angry parents. It is no shock they struggle to have good talent in these positions.
Meanwhile, teachers don't get paid well relative to cost of living in the area, so not many talented people choose to go into it. Some do, of course, since it is a noble profession, but I know a lot of teachers who chose it kind of as a default, a lack of another idea. They can't be held accountable, because then we wouldn't have teachers.
So pay teachers well. Pay retention bonuses. Pay for continuing education. Pay extra for the difficult to recruit subjects. A PE teacher and calculus teacher should not be paid equally. But hold them accountable. Fire the bad teachers.
Likewise for admin. Fire the lazy ones, hire a few extra, so they're not working 80 hours a week, so they keep the passion to do a good job. Don't silo the industry, hire talent from outside that have successfully run programs in private industry worth millions or hundreds of millions of dollars.
But finances aren't there to pay well enough. People will blame the unions, but the unions are only so strong because teachers have been underpaid. If districts offer large raises for the trade off of being able to hold low performers accountable, the unions will come on board, since most teachers either work hard, or will work hard if they're properly paid and held accountable, only a minority will be impacted negatively, since they're the ones we need to get rid of anyway.