Investing in continuous learning wasn’t the only strategy described in the report; another was making teaching an attractive profession. While the top U.S. graduates often pursue careers in medicine, law, or business, teaching is a draw for academically talented youth in Finland, Ontario, and Singapore, researchers noted.
Salaries are one reason for this phenomenon. In his “Learning Leadership” column this month, AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech writes: “A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development found that salaries for teachers in the United States with 15 years of experience are, on average, 60 percent or below the salaries of 25- to 64-year-olds with similar higher education.”
Yet salaries aren’t the only problem; there’s also the issue of respect—a challenge that corporate school reformers contribute to with their take-no-prisoners attitude.
In our Security Checkpoint feature this month, we report on the latest efforts by federal officials to curb bullying, both in school and online. But bullies aren’t found only on the playground. The stories in this issue suggest there’s a better way to improve the quality of teaching in the nation’s schools than to bully principals and instructors.