I am a retired teacher responding to opinions about education, teachers, pensions, tax referendums, etc. These factors impact student learning, classroom environment and ultimately the teacher’s ability to teach.
Teachers are required to earn a college degree preparing them for the classroom. Mandates for continued teacher certification and mandates from state and federal government force schools to include additional activities that take teaching time, making it difficult, if not impossible, for teachers to cover materials they are expected to teach.
Classroom environment/discipline evoke criticism. Parents have responsibility and accountability here. How many of them communicate with their child’s teacher on a regular basis? How many of them are quick to blame the teacher when their student gets into trouble? How many of them ever say “thank you” to their student’s teacher? How many of them work with their student at home? They need to do their part.
If you don’t believe teachers earn their pay, I encourage you to spend a day or more observing what teachers do and, in some cases, endure. You might find yourself saying “I could not what they do.”
All of us want the best possible pension we can get. However, Illinois teachers are victims along with the public. The Illinois legislature caused the pension debacle. The legislature “borrowed” money from the pension fund, and is not funding pensions as it should. Several articles in the BND have spoken to that fact.
Think about how your attitude/vote could impact you child’s education.