January Editorial Winner

Teachers shouldn't be measured by grades

MARIA LAUBACH, The Hennessey Clipper

For two centuries the majority of people choosing the teaching profession have done it for the love of education and children.
When women first started teaching, their wages were minimal and often times not enough to survive. Today, teacher salaries are the lowest among other professions with comparable college education, according to the National Education Organization.
That gap gets wider the more years they put into teaching.
The emphasis on quantity and quality evaluations in education is also a concern.
The U.S. is the only country where every student is tested every year. American teachers work more hours than their counterparts abroad, yet their students still outperform Americans on international tests.
The problem is that not everything can and should be measured by tests.
As women’s maternal skills were recognized 200 years ago to be beneficial in a child’s classroom, so should the dedication and love for the profession by male and female teachers be recognized as special and unique in each classroom.
Just as each teacher is different, so is each group of students different. They are different in views, behavior, learning capabilities, and intellectual talents.
In order to teach, a teacher does not only get to know a student, but develops a relationship with each of them. Every day a teacher assesses the performance level of each student, and then encourages, engages and challenges those students.
Our teachers must be trusted to continue their work as they have done for centuries.
Freedom in the classroom should allow teachers to control the environment in their classroom so their students can thrive. After all, they teach for the love of education, and the love of our children.
Let’s let our teachers teach. 

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