Teachers don’t teach?

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We, students, parents and public, should be concerned. More than 70 percent of sixth- and seventh-graders were not meeting standard NWEA MAP assessments in fall 2018? More than 80 percent of elementary students were reported needing Tier II support in fall 2018? What have teachers been doing? Teachers can’t pull open a child’s skull and pour in knowledge. They must inspire a love of learning. Mathematics is fundamental to everything, and can be fun. Students can learn to love self-satisfaction by actually solving problems (especially with pencil and paper).

The Moses Lake Education Association (MLEA) is concerned about performance based contracts. Seems teachers aren’t performing. Any mechanic or farmer knows failing tools get replaced. Seems we need teachers with a minimum of 20 years’ real-world commercial, industrial or military experience to inspire students.

Schools are businesses. School board members and administrators are legally responsible for proper money management. Students, especially at high school level, quickly recognize excellent teachers, and ones worth less than fence posts. As adults, students won’t be happy with poor educations.

Each student is unique. Unlike students 50 or more years ago who started school understanding common English language, self-discipline and respect for teachers and adults, our world has changed. Teaching is much harder, in part due to mandated texts. Teachers sometimes lack freedom to actually help students. Solving problems by “group think” doesn’t teach independence. Use examples of how actual businesses function.

People know some teachers fear performance measurement and rewards, or which don’t really understand how to help students. They only occupy classrooms. Teachers are valuable employees only when students actually learn.

Moses Lake school teachers, please actually inspire and help students. My comments are experience-based. I come from schools that failed me. My self education is real-world.

Thomas Fancher

Moses Lake

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