“According to data from the comparable year in a Labor Department survey, U.S. teachers work in total an average of 1,913 in a year — close to the average American’s full-time hours, which are 1,932 hours a year. The blog American Society Today describes: “This statistic refutes the argument that teachers should be paid considerably less than other workers because ‘teachers only work 9 months of the year.’” One conclusion to be drawn from this is, as the Journal writes, “American teachers are the most productive among major developed countries.” But it also notes that “student achievement in the U.S. remains average in reading and science and slightly below average in math when compared to other nations in a separate OECD report.”
Why U.S. Teachers Work the Most But U.S. Students Stay Average - Business - The Atlantic Wire (via infoneer-pulse)
Teachers are pulling their own weight, and then some dead-weight. People fail to realize that teachers don’t teach in a bubble. It’s not a business line factory model where you can target and isolate areas. It’s a community/national ecosystem where everything plays a role. You can be God’s gift to teaching with your PhD in a STEM field and Nobel Prize, but you still can’t completely overcome certain barriers. If you want to be the leading country in the world, start by examining why so many of our students live in poverty.