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Arne Duncan: Top Teachers Should Make 150K

January 26, 2012

I have said it before here many times and I will say it again.  I don’t like Arne Duncan, and I don’t think that the business strategy of dividing teachers (you make 150K, you make 60K) is good for schools.  It isn’t good for cooperation, it isn’t good for teacher camaraderie, nor is it good for collaboration which is always being pushed by our leaders.

Duncan has a business background and keeps trying to get schools to run themselves like businesses, but schools are for teaching, caring, and nurturing our students, not turning them out off of an assembly line.  Here is the article:

Duncan: Top teachers should make $150,000

While lawmakers worked away the afternoon in the state Capitol, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan stopped by Tallahassee Community College to tout the importance of workforce education.

The town hall meeting took place one day after President Barack Obamadelivered the State of the Union address and called upon community colleges to become community career centers.

Obama described the next generation of community colleges “as places that teach people skills that local businesses are looking for right now, from data management to high-tech manufacturing.”

Duncan echoed the sentiment, saying community colleges are “uniquely position to help people get the skills they need” for high-tech, high-skilled and high-paying jobs.

He praised TCC’s Center for Workforce Development for partnering with local employers. “TCC leads to real jobs in the community,” Duncan said.Duncan fielded questions on a variety of topics, ranging from the federal Race to the Top competition to teacher pay.

On that subject, Duncan said he envisions first-year teachers making $60,000 –- and the best and brightest drawing salaries in excess of $150,000.

He would also like to see financial incentives for teachers who take jobs in struggling schools –- or who teach high-demand subjects like math and science.

“We’ve been doing the wrong thing by teachers and the education profession for so long,” he said.

Some participants in the town hall meeting spoke up against the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests, saying the exams discourage teachers from being creative and students from thinking critically.

Duncan said assessments ought to be viewed as safety nets, not weapons. But he conceded that exams “need to be meaningful” to be useful.

Next up, Duncan travels to South Florida. He’ll visit Pembroke Pines Charter High Thursday morning to discuss college affordability.

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