> > There is that pesky Federal Dept of Ed study released a decade ago that > found that, after receiving a baccalaureate, the lower the incoming SAT > score entering college, the higher the probability they are teaching K-12 > ten years after graduation. > > Winnow out the lower 1/3 of the SAT performers (give some leeway and > alternate assessments for music, art and PE majors) from the teacher and > administration corps and see what happens. > > -Greg >
You can play with supply and demand like that but if you keep upping the job requirements without letting other things change, then you'll likely lose time.
For example, if more college professors were persuaded to take on these special sabbaticals that paid room and board and offered a stipend, for relocating for one year to academies X, Y and Z, mostly sponsored by USG, though with some private help, you would expect said profs to be somewhat ornery and irascible towards any admin types who said "these are the teaching materials you must use". "I'm a professor, it's my job to choose the materials!"
Right now, the teaching profession is open to not-so-great-at-school adults who may have more empathy with students who dislike school. My daughter had an ex Hells Angels biker or someone like that, and they loved him for all he could bring into the classroom that wasn't run of the mill. He's plenty smart but doesn't mind leaving the math book writing to nameless committees in large companies. He's willing to take orders on that score. US teachers are compliant / obedient when it comes to letting the district dictate textbook choices. And if said textbook doesn't mention "evolution", then they don't have to, even if this is "STEM".
Teachers from new backgrounds, like IT geeks, would be a threat. They'd insist on teaching Python. :-D
I think the US, as presently constructed, needs a vast non-prison institution in which to channel adults of medium ability and ambition who still need to eat and possibly raise a family. The education system is a jobs program for adults that somewhat fits that bill. Like the Post Office. The military, which I include as part of the education system (most people don't but they're wrong not to), is another great way to provide day care to adults primarily, and to young people with no jobs at all secondarily.
You want to upset the applecart and change the requirements? That's like going back in time and saying single women should not be school mistresses. What are they supposed to do then? In the Wild West, you could be a cowgirl, a teacher, or maybe work in a brothel. Roles for women were precious few. Tell them they need high SAT scores and what would be the social consequence?
It's very selfish to think school is just about students. It's a way of life for a vast army of adults. If you're a social conservative you say "disband this army, let the market take care of it" but then you probably don't agree that the same logic applies to military schools and bases (like on Okinawa, which should have closed by now, or at least reinvented themselves).
That deference to military schools often indicates a strong Prussian type father somewhere in the family tree, authoritarian but illogical, passionate, but a dim bulb. The Anglo speaking world is full of "stern clowns" who don't appreciate the hypocrisy of having schools designed to fail *just so* a military alternative seems more attractive (in relative terms). If you make schools too much better, you'll have to face the wrath of the Selective Service, sooner or later.