Living in Mexico, I have met quite a few people who work on both sides of the field in both private and public schools. As far as publics go, they are a mess. Teachers get paid to do basically nothing and couldn't care less if kids pass or not. As far as private schools go, teachers are worked like indentured servants without much hope of ever bettering themselves. So essentially, Mexico represents the worst of both worlds.
Last edited by Hatuey; 10-29-13 at 06:36 PM.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Before I even consider posting in this thread, how many people here actually have experience in education, and how many are just regurgitating the same stuff they hear from the corporate media?
[QUOTE=Krystov;1062480207]That is not to say that education and skill is not required to effectively teach students. I had some really good high school teachers that did a great job of making things stick.
Thing is, with any educator (be it high school, college, or technical trade skills) you need more than knowledge about the subject at hand, you also need to know how to deal with people. I work in heavy industry and deal with a lot of complicated equipment/ machinery, but I'll be the first to point out that the human beings I deal with are infinitely more complicated than any piece of equipment.
Sure history sounds pretty straight forward, but getting a bunch of children to care about history and actually retain the information is an entirely different set of skills. I love reading about history, but I don't have to teach it.
Everything about education, if it's done correctly, is dynamic. People are dynamic, I think you're really thinking about school in a very one dimensional way.
Make the pay the same as Canada or New Zealand, where I teach. Sure. We are rated 4th to the USA's 14th. The pay is basically the same already. I make pretty much what I made when I taught in CA.