Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Future Dims

In “What America Can Learn About Smart Schools in Other Countries” (Dec 6), the author concludes that countries that produce the most prepared students “make teaching more prestigious and selective; directed more resources to their neediest children; enrolled most children in high-quality preschools; helped schools establish cultures of constant improvement; and applied rigorous, consistent standards across all classrooms.”  Except for the last, we are actually going in the opposite direction.  The efforts by governors like Scott Walker and Chris Christie have vilified, marginalized and removed incentives for teachers.  I have not, in my 35 years in counseling and education, seen as few students say they intended to teach as they have this past year.  The selection of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary portends little improvement in these areas on the federal level as well.