Academic journal article Childhood Education

Recognizing and Helping Teachers Who Are Doing a Fantastic Job. (President's Message)

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Recognizing and Helping Teachers Who Are Doing a Fantastic Job. (President's Message)

Article excerpt

As President Bush's education agenda continues to be discussed, more attention is being focused on the use of a voucher system. The unfortunate outcome of this focus is a continued lament about the education system in the United States and a degrading of teachers. While it is true that not all children are achieving to capacity, it is also true that many teachers have been able to turn their school achievement ratings around and their students are achieving at grade level or above. Even these excellent teachers do need books, supplies, and other resources in order to achieve such success for their students.

Every Friday that I am in town, I volunteer to read to a 2nd-grade class in a local primary school. Every time I hear teachers being criticized, I wish that the critics could visit this school. The activity level is high and the energized children are achieving at a high level. In fact, this school was one of 14 recognized Renaissance Schools in the United States last year; many of the teachers were recognized as Renaissance teachers. This recognition was based on the reading achievement levels of the children in grades 1 through 3.

Whenever I arrive at the school, I find children in the hallways, on the floor, in chairs, and at tables; they are busy reading or working on projects. The hallways are lined with children's work, including stories, weather charts, and other projects they have produced. …

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