MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

February 27, 2011

The House That Jeter Built

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:17 am

Yankee baseball player Derek Jeter has built a $7.7 million home in Tampa.  He’s a good  ballplayer, but he must be making a good deal more than the $67,000 the average New Jersey public school teacher gets.  Why is Governor Christie so upset?  He did his best by lowering taxes on the wealthy last month.  Now he’s taking away healthcare and pensions from those uppity teachers.  If only they could hit a hanging curve.

February 7, 2011

About Teacher Tenure

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:36 am

A collection of interesting letters about experienced teachers.

October 18, 2010

Teachers And Test Scores

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:46 am

Speaking of test scores – has anyone looked lately at the SAT scores of young people going into teacher training programs?  Of all professions, teaching draws the weakest candidates.  And why is that?  It could have to do with the fact that average teacher annual salaries are $52,000.  Not a huge incentive for bright young people.  Teaching is hard work both during the day when working with children and at home at night correcting papers and writing lesson plans.  Diane Ravitch has some things to say in this article.

October 15, 2010

The AFT And Superman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:44 am

A press release from January, 2010, spells out the concerns of the American Federation of Teachers about the question of retaining unsatisfactory teachers and about public school education in general.  What President Randi Weingertner has to say makes a lot of sense.   It is easy to settle on one cause of our system’s failures.  But there is enough blame to go around.