The other day I ranted about politicians and unions. Basically that teachers are being taken to task for what’s wrong with education and how our basic right to assemble or support our political causes is being threatened pisses me off greatly. I think I pointed out that our (mostly male) counterparts are being protected because what they do is “important.”
Now I can see officers and guards being afraid of teachers and teaching. Why? Because IF this is true, then we (teachers) are putting them (officers and guards) out of jobs. It is said that 3rd grade reading scores are used to predict the number of jail cells that will be needed. Think about that? How horrifying is that to consider? That we might actually KNOW as early as age 9 that a child will end up as a criminal?
Then think about how messed up it is that we pour a lot of resources and money into that end of the outcome. Wouldn’t it be more reasonable to fund education, pour money into early (and often) interventions, and to try to eliminate the need for jail cells? It seems odd to me that, as a society, we’re willing to pay $47,000 (on average) per year per prisoner in California; however, we only pay $8,852 per student (when adjusted). Mind you, we aren’t paying them to LIVE at school, but you get the point.
How do we make the huge shift to investment and funding people up-front rather than making huge cost shifts at the back to punish? It seems to me that if this is true, then we need to make some radical changes now.
Now… How can I accomplish this?
BTW, is anyone amused (if you’ve read my stuff) that the average teacher spends between $2,000 and $5,000 per year to fund education out of their own pockets? Yes, we’re trying to gift match the states! Speaking of how do I change that!