Teachers Getting Younger as Charter Movement Grows Up
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  • Hubbub

    “…the energy that twenty-somethings can bring to teaching is an important asset that is difficult to find in more experienced teachers…”

    Energy is more important than experience? Youth more significant than age? Aren’t we seeing these two ideas being played out in our society right now, from the Chief Executive down to the local politician? And how are we doing with that?

    Youth is a wonderful thing; to bad it’s wasted on the young – to paraphrase an honored expression.

  • rheddles

    Age and seniority mean nothing. A 24 year old with two years experience is more valuable than a 32 year old with 1 years experience 10 times. Teachers burn out. Especially after tenure. Especially when they have a union.

  • Chris Williams

    “Many in the field, who appreciate the drive and enthusiasm that young teachers can bring to the classroom”

    Who is this “many in the field?”

    The young can be relied on in charter schools in part because they are factories for standardized test taking. Much less teaching is actually being done. Once young idealists realize what is being asked on them, they realize that it is BS and leave.

    I can only speak from the experiences that I have encountered through friends and family, but the high turn-over rates found in charter schools would be viewed as a symptom of management failure in most other contexts.

  • cubanbob

    If public schools were so wonderful no one would be discussing charter schools.

  • NCMountainGirl

    Most of the veteran teachers I encountered in grade school and high school were more interested in teaching me to conform rather than think because inquiring minds made their job harder. It was punch the clock and collect the check. I can recall only three who were really interested in the subjects being taught and two of them were in their 20s.

    I believe the older teacher had an advanced degree in her subject, English LIt, instead of one of those bogus Education degrees. Those are emblematic of the problem in education today, The so called education professional pays tuition, gets a piece of paper that kicks them into into a higher pay bracket and learns nothing of value to transmit to their students in the process. .

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