Teachers Say What's Wrong With Education In The U.S.

States across the U.S. have reported teacher shortages. AJ+ spoke with some teachers who are still working in the classroom about what's wrong with public education.

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Author O'Brien Gerald ( ago)
First, you have the statewide tests. To practice for that, you have the districtwide test. Before you take that, there are bimonthly benchmark tests. On top of all that, if there are any ESL students in the class, they have to take their yearly test. I would say that 25 to 30 percent of classroom time is spent taking tests - if not more.

Author Christ Follower ( ago)
Biggest issues in education: 1) Children who are disruptive, who are allowed to be disruptive, instead of being quickly shipped to an alternative school. 2) Unsupportive parents who think their child would never lie or misbehave.  Instead, these parents attack the character of the adult in the classroom, the teacher.  3) Liberal "child-centered" recommendations that dumb down the curriculum with a narrow range of learning.  Teacher-centered direct instruction works best according to studies, yet education schools and school boards are adopting "child centered" techniques, despite the fact that children don't learn complex academic subjects very well on their own.  4) Social Promotion.  It's become a thing of the past in many districts to hold children back before their high school years.  These kids keep being promoted, even if they missed a hundred school days and were not willing to do any work.  They get to high school and fail because they were never forced to learn, so this problem was compounded year after year, resulting in a nearly impossible feat for the student to pass in high school. 5) Unsupportive administrators who fail to properly discipline students.  This results in a chaotic school environment, for without fear of repercussions, students do what they want to do.  This is often the result of the principal wanting to gain some notoriety for being the school with the fewest discipline referrals, so they significantly limit any consequences to misbehavior.  6) Students changing over the years from eagerness to learn, to "if it don't contain bells and whistles, it's boring".  Technology, from cell phones to computers, has truly ruined education, facilitating the creation of students who are so dependent on the technology that they haven't been forced to think for themselves.  Furthermore, technology implementation has caused students to become dependent on it, and they will zone out without it.  Problem is, you can't teach deep content in a productive manner using technology. 7) Social studies curricula that highlights foreign cultures and religions over American history and governance, as well as Christianity.  8) Low pay for the amount of work.  Very difficult to raise a family on a teacher's salary in many locations.

Author Polarcupcheck ( ago)
Where do most teachers go after they quit? I want to follow. Between administration promoting fudging F's to passing, and the kids never studying, it is a waste. Schools didn't operate like this when I was a kid.

Author 90009kitkat ( ago)
I love these people!

Author Emiliano Abarca ( ago)
I really wonder if the government ever listens

Author Sen. Bob Menendez ( ago)
"Oh, the best part? Where do I begin?"
All the days off around holidays? Months off in the summer time? Sabbaticals? Getting paid as if I have a full-time job?
So many things!

Author Artūrs Ķimelis ( ago)
Schools need half of their classes to be about logic and critical thinking. Done deal.

Author Jim Gallagher ( ago)
What is wrong with public education is that it places an undue emphasis on such idiocies as social studies, instead of history. As part of a junior year in H.S. class, all students were required to make a game to pass the class. I mean an actual game, like Monopoly, etc. The game was to reinforce social stupidities, e.g., women's lib, etc. We SHOULD have been learning history, but instead we "learned' the teacher's pet doctrine of women's lib. Also, teacher's union rules are absurd, e.g., no teacher can be fired for less than murdering every boy or girl in their class. I have a degree in Education, and I've watched teachers who literally could not spell the name of the class they are teaching get promoted. Yep, promoted, not censured, not fired, but promoted. Why? Well, they had enough years in service that the union demanded they not be fired, incompetence notwithstanding. My Foreign Policy (name of the class) teacher in junior year of H.S. could not spell the first name of his class properly!!

Author Graham Hunter ( ago)
I am a student in the UK and even in the UK, there is a problem with education. Education is monitored way too much by inspectors to the point where, not just teachers, but students are expected to adhere to what is expected of them, such as tests.

Another problem with education is that the work is too theoretical and not practical so when a student leaves college or university, they have all of the theoretical knowledge which is 99% useless but none of the practical knowledge which is 99% useful. This reminds of being a learner driver. They take driving lessons, and what they learn in driving lessons they can use on the day of their driver's test and in everyday life but it's not until they have passed their drivers test that they truly begin to learn with no driving instructor to guide them through their driving journey.

Education is important but it is being frowned upon by high rise politicians who only think they know what it is that they are doing when they actually have no idea what they are doing.

Author Obito Uchiha ( ago)
The problem with education system is that they tend to forget the human aspect of learning.

It's not supposed to be all about IQ, memorization, accuracy, analyzation, computation, scoring and ranking.

Learning is supposed to be experimentation, acceptance of errors, innovation, creativity, interactivity, unraveling potential, knowing oneself's strenghts and weaknesses, passion and interest.

Most of all "Fun". You'll only have your youth for 19 years before descending into a position with a plethora of responsibilities, why not make it memorable and exciting, right? Not the fuckfest of anxiety and depression they call school nowadays.

Author Random Creeper ( ago)
The real problem is : Too much time preparing for tests and no time for other interesting topics that could help the students know a little bit more about other things rather than only math , English, science etc

Author teeminator30 ( ago)
Actually those tests work and we need more of them. They allow the smart kids and the not so smart ones to be separated and be treated differently. Life isn't fair and it shouldn't be because we are not created equal. Evolution is cruel, and only the fittest survives.

Author waverly2468 ( ago)
The budget cuts are going to continue because of the $1 trillion unfunded teacher pension liabilities.  You guys get pensions that no private corporation could possibly afford and then you wonder why there's no classroom money.

Author Maria K.Q. ( ago)
Fuck the system. After I learned multiplication, addition, division, subtraction, reading, and writing, I haven't learned a single thing that will help me live a stable life these past 11 years. I would never want to be a teacher because if there's anything school has thought me is that it makes me feel stupid and worthless causing me to never EVER want to go back to a place like that for the rest of my life.

Author Roy Grimes ( ago)
Teachers must be valued, respected, and given more responsibility in school district decision-making.

Author Amanda Liu ( ago)
In my school,we have to take about 1-3 common core tests for writing each month. There are less tests for other classes,and they're more spread out through the school year.

Author Jocie In the Making ( ago)
Students need to put in their part too. We can't expect the teachers to do all the work to ensure the success of future generations. Students need to ensure their own success as well as learning from their educators.

Author Snoopy Poopy ( ago)
It's an education system that originates from Germany, and was created to stop free thought in soldiers. WW1 saw how the Germans lost battles due to "Free thinking" so the Govt input an education system that would eliminate free thought. Teachers need to teach, not for the students to repeat.

Author Daniel Bagang ( ago)
Number 1 problem: Religion in a PUBLIC school. I don't fucking care about your heritage, it won't make your kids smarter.

Author April Broeckx ( ago)
Tests don't help, they gave me anxiety attacks. A honor student - failing all tests. Something very wrong when that is happening.

Author jmar505 ( ago)
Being a teacher is NOT an easy job, and should be payed more. its terrible the wages that they get paid, sometimes they need to buy the supplies for the schools. We need to better fund the school system and stop with all these wars abroad.

Author TheNebraska402 ( ago)
There are some good point, but there are also some statements that are stretched. I can only speak for my state, NE, so it will be different elsewhere. One must know your salary will not be glorious, but you can definitely live off of it. Testing, not assessing, is indeed hard to put into lesson plans but it seems hard to believe it takes away 6 weeks. Of course there are "educators" who show up for a paycheck, but the real ones, the committed ones, put in grueling hours outside of school to plan a single day's worth of lessons. This video has its intentions but they could be less dramatic

Author TheBestWayOne ( ago)
DPS are in dismay - Problems - Charter schools for profit breaking up the school system- School of choice breaking up communities and spreading students away from there own areas leaving schools without income walking away from fixing there area schools- Low pay for newer teachers, leaving talented students from taking up teacher careers

Author Kikox ( ago)
The entire education system needs to change. I personally love learning but i DESPISE being schooled. I despise tests of which the time could have been spent on actually teaching something new. I don't hate maths but i HATE the way it's taught. It's a grind with no other purpose then getting you through the system.
People learn differently so let's adapt the educational system to that and not the other way around.

Author MrGlennJohnsen ( ago)
Paying the people who have the biggest impact on our future among the lowest public wages? A profession that is also looked down on by the public? A lot of "extra mile" work we don't get paid for? Having to be a role model for like 200 different kids with different needs and personalities, not to mention different ages and maturity levels?
Do people actually not understand why teachers all over the world needs to be praised and paid properly? I have to get a second job because I can't make ends meet, let alone save up for a house or a future with kids of my own. It's disgusting how little teachers are paid and given respect considering the hours and effort we put in, parents might be tired after a weekend with their own kids, we have FIVE DAYS a week with 20+ kids. And we can't just put on a TV to entertain them- we have to learn them about EVERYTHING.

Author Neokorp Google ( ago)
Ignorance = easy to control.
Just look at the N.Korea, their doing it right.

Author Jay Young ( ago)
Two things at the moment come to my mind in regards to education in the US.  We're inundated these days with conversations over the lack of achievement, or dumbing down, if you will, of today's students.  There's even talk about the "lowering of standards."  First, am I the only one who remembers the days of the Gentleman C at Harvard for graduation?  Yes, at one time you didn't have to be a Fulbright Scholar.  Private, elite institutions were places where the "right people" went to meet the "right people" for the most part.  Cliffies were seen then hanging around the Harvard School of Business scouting for the "right" mate.  Then, too, many who dropped out of these elite schools seem to do well in life in spite of it all:  Bill Gates, Ted Turner, one of the Fords at Yale, among many others.  Heck, at one time even the auto didact went on to success without an elite degree.  Professors at these elites weren't looking so much for a high paying job since most were the scions of the Fortune 400 anyway.  And second, reference achievement or lack thereof by minority students (and we know that is politically correct for black students, don't we?), is there any index available showing achievement levels between native born black Americans and those coming in from Africa, say, Nigeria, for starters.  Put another way, how are foreign born blacks doing in education compared to locals?  It would put some salsa into the debates on lack of achievement among black American students.   Anyone?

Author PearlyWhites ( ago)
I can tell you 2 reasons why our education system has irredeemably failed my generation in comparison to the rest of the developed world:

1. We are implicitly taught that mathematics, science, literature and history are completely useless in the real world and that absolutely no joy or fulfillment can be found in these fields unless you're a nerd with no social life. Many Americans enjoy watching football, but imagine if you had to write research articles and take extensive comprehensive tests every week after critically analyzing every single play and strategy that is made in a game. I would imagine the viewership would drastically drop and people would start to wonder how anyone could possibly enjoy it.
Everyone *hates* _The Great Gatsby_ as opposed to actually learning from it because we have to critique it ad nauseam instead of just reading it and enjoying it for what it is. Nobody sees the merit in calculus because we aren't conditioned to wonder how bridges don't completely collapse after 200+ years. Students could care less about science because most aren't aware of how different the medical world was just a couple of decades ago, which shows just how our history classes fail.

2. We've also been taught that being given an entire fucking semester to write a 3 page research article and not having it ready by the due date is not only acceptable, but expected and that one is entitled to receive extra time in order to not fail the class. I'm not even being hyperbolic; this literally happened last week when, out of a class of 30 students, two other students and I were the only ones who did it. You are given so much freedom in high school that you could literally be absolutely lazy and still receive a diploma.

I had to completely unlearn the abysmal work ethic I had in high school _on my own_ to even stand a chance in College. I became a well-rounded individual and responsible adult by my own desire to be scholarly *to spite* going to public school, not because of it. I've learned so much about the world on my own these past two years and am just now beginning to see the real damage public education has caused me and my peers. Where I study, almost everybody goes to school not because they wish to become a less ignorant, well educated scholar but because it's the only way you can make a living wage now-in-days. The 21st century scholar in the US is pretty much a fairy tale, and that should scare people. If the US becomes a third-world country, it's not going to be because of immigrants; you can bet your dollar on that.

Author Clyde Cornwell ( ago)
I say close public schools completely. Our private schools teach better. Most of the teachers in this video are a little scary. Recently in Baltimore some teachers were encouraging their students to riot. Our schools are being run like the government and we see how badly that is going.

Author Coolidge Dollar ( ago)
I think the "demonization" is actually due to the fact that you've got pink hair, lady.

Author VideoDeadGaming ( ago)
0:43 *fewer resources

Author Arctis ( ago)
Damn Republicans.

Author ME3 ( ago)
Does ANYONE believe teachers strike for the GOOD OF THE CHILDREN?Of do you believe it is for the GOOD OF THE TEACHERS AND THEIR UNION?Who the hell wants to teach children that the Liberals have stopped the parents AND the school from disciplining.Students that threaten teachers, are violent or just plain rude should be sent to public military schools to be taught discipline.  No suspensions that allow the little monsters unsupervised time off school just like they want. We need to have the schools open year round and everyone should have to wear uniforms.A week off at thanksgiving, a week at Christmas, and a month that is to be arranged by the parents so they can take family vacations.  One reason we are falling behind is that most other countries have longer school years then us.If we destroy teacher's unions it will be far easier to bring in new teachers and the changes required to make us #1.Special Ed  and students that cannot speak English need to be taken out of regular classes and kept in their own.  There is not reason to hold other students back.Not every student is meant to go to college so Trades should be offered as part of High School.  This will provide students with good paying jobs and provide the American economy with the  skilled workers they need.Let the teachers scream because anyone who works for a living has to make do with far less time off.

Author DashaAZ vln ( ago)
I have shared this video on Facebook, and
I have friends who have asked me to ask: Do you have this video with Spanish subtitles?

Author DashaAZ vln ( ago)
I have shared this video on Facebook, and
I have friends who have asked me to ask: Do you have this video with Spanish subtitles?

Author Pavel Krioukov ( ago)
no one wants teachers like that

Author Orkish ( ago)
Teaching should be a done by people who actually worked in the real world and want to give back to their community not by 30 year old "professional" teachers who know nothing about the subjects that they teach.
I am sorry for the youth of America for they must deal with these whiny teachers on a daily bases.

Author Tartan Rose ( ago)
This nonsense about a "teacher shortage" is bullshit. Visit any major online teacher discussion board, and there are literally hundreds, HUNDREDS, of people looking for teaching jobs and complaining about not getting hired in their districts. Why?, because the teaching field is no different than any other field. What school systems really want are what they consider "highly-qualified teachers". That is, teachers with decades of experience, certifications a mile long, and willing to get paid nothing.  The truth is this: a high number of graduates who are ready to teach and have been WAITING for a classroom for YEARS aren't getting hired, because so many districts are catering to veteran and retired teachers who REFUSE to leave their classrooms - the same reason why recent graduate in any profession can't get jobs - PEOPLE WON'T QUIT WORKING. In fact, in my area, 600 veteran teachers had to be forced into retirement just to free up jobs and classrooms for recent college graduates. Each year, some bogus news gets reported about a "teacher shortage" while hundreds of qualified teachers get turned down for a job, especially if the teacher candidate being interviewed doesn't look like Reese Witherspoon, have the name "Becky", talks like a Valley girl, and/or graduated from some prestigious college of education. A "teacher shortage" really means a shortage of affluent white female teachers, who already represent well over 80% of America's teaching workforce. So folks, please read between the lines, as you must do with everything in America.

Author Eugene Onegin ( ago)
Money has nothing to do with it. The reason there is a teacher shortage is that everyone qualified has been scared away from the profession by what is taught, and the means we're given to teach. Actual education, ie the teaching of facts, will get you fired. As will discipling or even yelling at students in some cases. Many of us grew up wanting to teach but were put off by ridiculous examples of people being sacked because they said the wrong word, or they typed something supposedly "offensive" to friends in private emails.
Teachers are treated like shit by students and aren't allowed to do anything about it.
As a result, the only people willing to take the position are those who don't give a fuck about education.

Author Moshe Bernstein ( ago)
Complaining about pay? aren't you happy enough that you're ruining the mind of the children with your liberal Marxist indoctrination crap? why do you need extra pay on top of corrupting the minds of the children you useless scum

Author Moshe Bernstein ( ago)
the problem with education in the U.S is the teachers in the U.S

Author JaayPeey ( ago)
These teachers are a disgrace

Author DaPulNihGer ( ago)
How the fuck do some of these idiots have jobs?

Author tyty8484 ( ago)
TLDR; Inflation, common core and progressives.

Author The King ( ago)
Public school is a joke.

Author KingAlexei 777 ( ago)
Is this some sort of joke? You people look ridiculous.. Woe be the youth.

Author Sean Kelly ( ago)
I can't help but wonder how many of the freakshows in this video have diddled a kid.

Author Mansacktastical ( ago)
This is a crock. Some of the highest paid teachers in the world are in the US. That might be why there's a shortage of teachers - everyone wants to be one. It's called supply and demand... maybe you should get some education of your own.

Could also be due to you having a "Middle school ethnic studies" teacher (2:05) or a "Curriculum Specialist of Opera" (:33). Maybe have less made up positions, and more math and science teachers, of which there is ACTUALLY a shortage of.

But no, it's obviously the funding. Just give more money, and all of our issues will go away, right? Maybe an increase of 100% taxes will make a small dent in the teacher's pension shortfall. Maybe.

Author Munchman ( ago)
"Everyone loves their neighbourhood teacher"

Calling bullshit right there.

Author Shonem ( ago)
"pay us more" about sums up this video right?

I think teachers are probably underpaid, but I also think many of them are under qualified.
We probably have one of the worst education systems of even first world country.
We need to tear the whole system down and rebuild it properly.
Enrollment is down, graduation is down, students getting jobs based on what they study for is pretty low as well, and we have useless fields of study draining money from people and the schools which absolutely no one is getting a job in.

Author MrD1cks ( ago)
People think they should earn more money?
Also, look at the lack of professionalism displayed by so many of these people featured, what they teach, and their refusal to point out the big picture issue of increased spending with no change in performance.
If they were as altruistic as they're pretending to be for this video they would be getting angry at the vast machine taking your children and grinding them down through politicized and increasingly racial discipline policies, lax standards, lack of student free speech, and a system that doesn't incentivize teachers to take individual agency in students shuffling them from class to class that all teach basically the same thing.

Also that little "middle school ethnic studies" teacher, haha. I see so many ways to cut costs in this video, passing to savings on to you, the tax payer!

Author MemeMasterJackal _ ( ago)
TEACHERS are what's wrong with the US education system.

Author - Rothschildocracy - ( ago)
I know how to solve your education system. Allow teachers to be fired. Charter schools where the teachers can be fired are doing amazingly because they get quality control instead of reluctant careerists. This video reads more like an advert for Homeschooling if I'm honest - these people are entrusted with the minds of the next generation?

Author Dubs Dubson ( ago)
You can see the problem just by looking at these people lol.

Author Honkey Dong ( ago)
Fuck George Bush.

Author Anon Ymous ( ago)
Why do all the people interviewed look like sex offenders?

Author Ychan ( ago)
Average Teacher pay is around 36K Nationally, why is that not enough?

Is this about salary or is this about improving the total education of students? Which one is more of a priority?

Author Mike Hunt ( ago)
As a highschool Jr. i do agree with the over testing it is oct. 27th and we have had tests every week in math and chemistry and we have taken 2 act pretest it is so over done and then add common core to this it is just fucking stupid and our superintendet is a bitch and i am not just saying that our school was fine people drank coffee we listened to music and we worked just fine then she came in this year and you can see students disengaged I include myself we are trying to get students to create spam bots for there email to get them to change it back but this bandage can't fix a bullet wound we need to go what Sweden is doing and the only way anyone can do this is to vote and 90% of the people can vote are going for Berny because we don't want our little siblings to go though all of this shit like he had too.

Author Lilly Rose ( ago)
Some teachers are like a second parent, they are greatly under appreciated.

Author louderthangod ( ago)
What's weird is that we do bring in cash. I teach in a district where the same house a mile over in the next town is at least $100,000 less because our schools are so much better. They get paid more than we do. I literally get $0 to run labs in my science department and this is a suburb of Silicon Valley. My students are great but how prepared can I really get them for modern STEM jobs?

Author John W ( ago)
The greedy psychopaths who run the US structure education to produce passive and mindless laborers, not thinkers. Excessive testing does just that.

Author damyll2011 ( ago)
no body wants to be a teacher because they dont get well enough for the job they do. plus unless its math are PE the education is 85% lies about the history education the were everything comes from. basically white washed education.

Author Northern Bohemian Realist ( ago)
if you can read these comments, thank a teacher.
Then sit back and wonder why there are so many whacked out mouth breathing right wing nutcases in the US.

Author xxluaxx6 ( ago)
The problem with education is we focus more on the teachers than we do on the students.

Author Arabic Alphabet Song ( ago)
I tell you what to do, teach them skills for real work. 99% of school is shit and we don't use it as a adult. All shit.

Author Arabic Alphabet Song ( ago)
What do they mean they don't pay enough to survive? They get $40,00-$60,000 that's huge fat pig Americans. Lazy cows. Its nearly as much as a doctor.

Author AZtrueflow18 ( ago)
The problem with education is public schools, the socialist pushed the public education system into the US to teach people to be people of the state not for educational purposes. Its much cheaper to eradicate public schools and put those tax dollars to homeschooling where freedom of religion can be practiced as well

Author ilovesudan ( ago)
Whats wrong with education: TEACHER'S UNION

Author Will Trautman ( ago)
people forget that teachers don't work during the entire summer, 2 weeks of spring, and 2 weeks of winter

Author Austin Schroeder ( ago)
We spend more money on education than any other country in the world and yet we have the lowest IQ and highest dropout rate in the world. Instead of just throwing even more money into education we need to reevaluate the way schools are teaching. We need to teach students real skills that they can use later on in life in turn growing the economy as oppose to getting out of school and being on welfare for the rest of their lives. Things like computer sciences, technology, engineering, and industry jobs.

Author grewn d ( ago)
Man, I look back now as an adult and am so sorry I was mean and disrespectful to some teachers. The root of the problem is actually our ARCHAIC capitalist system. The social elites who buy congressmen, senators, and presidents through legalized bribery (aka lobbiest, Citizens United, and super PACS) don't want an informed puplic. We now have the technology to provide for everyone equally but that would be the end of the social stratification of wealth

Author Passionata Dance ( ago)
The system is screwed, because of economics.

Author KingRasha ( ago)
Noam Chomsky's book MisEducation will school you on the U.S. education system.

Author Toady Montana (694 years ago)
Public education is free so of course the quality would be lower. If you really want your kid to succeed put them in private school.

Author ednamode ( ago)
How about flipped classroom bullshit.

Author tacticalOR ( ago)
ban liberal teachers save MURICA

Author weterman4320 ( ago)
And, they need more money? Why? Most teachers make 30k a year. If you're making that, you dont need a raise. It's not hard work to be a teacher. Talk infront of class all day, then mark tests at home, sometimes. Easy jobs get low pay.

When a school doesn't have funding, it's understandable that you don't want to work there. That's why instead of making the teachers more rich, (teachers DONT need more money, the teachers at my school all have the newest expensive cars. one of their kids has a 50k dollar car.)
So instead of making the teachers rich, put that money towards the school. So the teachers get proper wages, and the school has what they need. In Canada, our schools are good, although we still have problems. Some of the u.s schools I've seen look like they've been bombed. The problem is not the pay, the problem is the school funding.

Author Jason Bayuk ( ago)
If they are under funded then why is the US tax payer paying between $20,000 to $30,000 per year per student.

Author InfantWizard ( ago)
Does anybody have cross-comparisons of student learning capacity when subject matter is taught i) By a teacher with good evaluations, ii) By a teacher with shitty evaluations, and iii) By self-learning methods of various stripes (computer modules, KhanAcademy-esque stuff, or even just textbooks)?

The problem is that you basically need to quantify the above, controlling for how dumb the kids are (proxied by Raven's Progressive IQ, or ACT, SAT, or ASVAB or something), but you run into a whole bunch of emotional ruts that prevent this from being tested.

One thing that you could do is examine the cohort of the miniscule number of kids who were permitted self-study in some subject matter that has an AP test (like calculus, physics, or chemistry), and compare it to the general student population that took these same tests in a classroom setting. My guess would be that, after controlling for SAT score, that the results would either be a wash in one extreme scenario or the self-study kids would clobber the snot out of the classroom learners, because they would tear through the subject on KhanAcademy or MITOCW in one semester and then use the entire second semester to practice an endless amount of problems in the subject matter. This would be relatively easy and non-controversial.

I would also like to see a more broad based study that looked at whether early age IQ (or something surprisingly innocuous that predicts adult IQ from childhood, like reaction time tests) or aggregate instructional quality is a better predictor of more concrete things like income, standard of living, or collegiate academic achievement; and not just anecdotal musings about the "sanctity of learning" or other stupid, creepy-cult shit.

In fact, I bet that reaction time-tests in toddlers of the same parental SES would predict future SES way, way better than "exposure to instructional quality", however that would be quantified. Has anybody dug this up?

Author M. Peters ( ago)
The city school system in my town just hired a large number of new teacher. They invited HHS to the orientation to guide teachers through the application for Food Stamps. They are paying so poorly, the teachers are eligible for food assistance.

Author bigraviolees ( ago)
The GOP is anti teacher anti union anti life anti education  anti human

Author vagabondrecon ( ago)
The many factors, including Khan academy, online FLIP, and MOOCs will hopefully eliminate the brick and mortar schools. All of you teachers, look for a better way, get out of the state schools and become useful and actually learn to educate children. Eliminating the useless bureaucrats that glom onto the system like: administrators, nurses, psychologists, "security" guards, bus drivers, cafeterias, buildings, that would be a great start. NO, the state schools system is a dinosaur soon to go extinct, the sooner the better.

Author vagabondrecon ( ago)
I am SO glad that I had none of these characters as my teacher. Wow. Losers all!

Author vagabondrecon ( ago)
Underfunded? Who are they kidding? Teachers basically work 9-10 months and get double the pay I've gotten after 30 years at the University. Interesting the main and first thing they mention is pay. Homeschooling parents educate their kids far, far better for 1/10 the amount of money. Just a ridiculous wrong-headed video. The reason education is down is these teachers can't THINK.

Author D Dell ( ago)
Public-school was funded and designed by the Rockefellers to compartmentalize people and dumb down the population

Author ChasingTruth TakingFlak ( ago)
What a load of fucking bullshit.

Public school teachers in the US are among the highest-paid in the developed world. Not only that, they have THE LOWEST living expenses in the developed world.

Let's not forget that they earn MORE than the average worker of an equivalent qualification, while enjoying extra holidays, and higher job security. So any teacher that tells you they're underpaid is either lying, or they're living outside their already generous means.

The problem with the American system are the incentives that teachers are told to aim for. Test scores over life lessons. Mandates over skills. The reason why kids feel like they're not learning anything, and teachers feel like they're not achieving anything, is because the aims are wrong.

Author onyxavatar ( ago)
This is what happens when you have republicans and libertarians in charge. What a fucking joke, 'MuriKKKa.

Author Student van Allah ( ago)
I can't stand the government...

Author twistedblktrekie ( ago)
The truth is that, if you want to teach and be able to live, you should work outside of the classroom in beforehand. You also shouldn't rely on teaching as your sole source of income. If you can't use what you know to get money outside of the classroom, you shouldn't be teaching in one. The whole point of getting an education within the context of our society is to get paid, so that we're not only able to live but pursue our dreams. For instance, if you're an English major that goes into teaching, you should also be publishing or ghostwriting books or writing screenplays. If you're into math, go into engineering, become an actuary or a C.P.A. and so on.

Author Joe Blow ( ago)
Education has been destroyed by usurping local control and accountability by centralized education to Washington and then allowing NEA special interest insider influence. If you want better education you must keep control local and accountable to its constituents.

Author ShinigamiH4ck3r ( ago)
Its not that we dont want to pay teachers, its that the government keeps fucking pulling funding (that come from our taxes) for stupid shit. Our tax dollars are going to the wrong places. And todays parents dont help the problem either.

Author Aslam Art : Yaser ( ago)
24 republicans didn't like this video. Reds have been blaiming teachers for the problem with the system for decades now.

Author Rick The Explorer™ ( ago)
These are good teachers, and good people. _Now show the bad ones, the bullies. The ones who racketeer grades according to looks, or who fail smart kids so that their course looks challenging to the administration, while giving good grades to dumb children to make it look like their course helps the kids._ Some teachers become teachers because they are pedophiles. A broad population of scum become teachers. Makes the gifted teachers look bad. A dying art, like clowns.

Author King ( ago)
Dump and fire all the stupid useless teachers who leech of the system, no more music,special Ed,humanities, arts or other bullshit subjects, focus only on math, science, physics, chemistry any kid who fails to pass maths should be kicked out of the school, make all government schools private and really difficult to get into , time to cull off all the parasites who never learn anything but just come to school to cause trouble, fire all stupid teachers and ban them from ever teaching again...

Author Gerald Sharp ( ago)
Is anyone discussing the fact that the U.S. is the only country in the world where all students (including those with learning disabilities and those who just arrived in the U.S. and are extremely limited in English) take the state or national standardized tests? People from all over the world still fight to come here, and one of the main reasons is to allow their children to attend public schools where their child will have a better chance at an education and a future--

Author Allan Reford ( ago)
We need teachers. That's the truth, we cannot continue to advance without teachers passing their knowledge to the next generation.

Author that_pac12 ( ago)
The constant testing is out of control!

Author that_pac12 ( ago)
I wanted to be a teacher... once.

Author Mutantcy1992 ( ago)
We have money to throw fucking ipads into the hands of children but not enough to pay teachers a salary that is going to bring in better teachers...

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