In my ideal school I would increase teachers’ salaries – a dream?
I would offer higher salaries than what teachers are getting in the public school system, but would hire only the most outstanding teachers. And they would have to perform or they would be gone. They should be enthusiastic, creative and models for the students. ( I think about 20% of present public school teachers might meet this standard. Teachers would have to be recruited from elsewhere enticed by better salaries).
I would then organize class time in such a way that kids would not automatically spend day after day in a class room with their peers. There would be a greater variety of learning activities, ranging from lectures, to video, to group and individual learning activities focusing on reading, computer based learning, (including LingQof course), more music, sports.
It would be up to these super teachers to figure out how to best organize these activities so that all students achieve the best results they can, and remain focused.
Teacher performance would be based on their ability to get their students to become enthusiastic about learning and spend the necessary time on meaningful learning activites, as independent learners.
The objective would be to induce the students to do more on their own, thus making it possible for a much higher student to teacher ration than in the public system.
High-powered enthusiastic teachers, independent learners, is this possible? Maybe I am just dreaming, again.
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