Teaching Can Be a Profession by Joel Klein
Problems with Teaching in Teaching our children can be a profession:
1.Problem with picking teachers
2.Problem with seniority
Solutions to these problems stated in the article:
1. Don't just pick teachers because they have a college degree
2. Just because a teacher has been there longer, doesn't mean they are better then a teacher who just got hired.
Joel Klein stated in his article that in order to make teaching more professional, schools shouldn't just choose anyone with a college degree. I agree with this problem to a certain extent. I believe that if they did earn their degree, they should be given a chance. They did work hard for it. I do agree in looking into how well they did in college as far as test scores and grades. I wouldn't hire someone who barely made it into a well populated income school. It is not fair to the ones who have been working for year in a low income school.
He also stated that there was a problem with seniority. When lay off's come, it usually works as seniority stay and the recently hired leave. But it is not always fair that way. It should be the one with the least effective teaching strategies leave. So, I do agree with Joel and his solution in his article about this problem completely.
There are many other problems in Education that need changing such as: giving far more school choices to families, using technology to improve teaching and learning, adopting a knowledge-based curriculum and starting education before a child is 5 years old. Joel seems to think that if he could change one it would be to professionalize teaching. I agree with him. Teachers and education need to become more professionalized.