An infographic on the State of Education in the U.S.

An illustration of the problem:

Information provided by: Online Education

6 thoughts on “An infographic on the State of Education in the U.S.

  1. As someone who was most certainly in the top third of their class and going through the massive requirements (no to mention costs) needed to teach, I really wish the lies about how difficult it is to fire teachers would die. If poor teachers are in the classroom blame the management (administration). They sign the contracts willingly. They are unwilling to take the time to document ineffectiveness. There is no shortage of available teachers despite the fact that I am being certified in what my state considers a “shortage” area. And plenty of teachers have told me about veteran teachers being let go in union states.

    Frankly, I don’t think it would be good for people to go into teaching for the money. It might not be an improvement. It would however be nice to think I might be respected and maybe make closer to the median college rather than high school wage with a Master’s degree. I’m not holding my breath.

    And the idea that there are 123 million highly skilled jobs and only 50 million people available? Seriously? That’s the definition of artificial requirement inflation.

  2. I have to say that, personally, I don’t mind paying teachers a good wage especially when they get into the higher grades…it is almost hazard pay depending on where you live.

    However, with all this budget talk the politicians have everyone riled up thinking that teachers don’t deserve to be paid more than a clerk at McD’s especially if they “only work 9 months out of the year!!!!” (Jealous much?) I know this because I had a debate with a family member about this. She was all, “They shouldn’t pay teachers so much blah blah blah blah only work 9 months…blah blah blah blah…” It was sad because not only did I think she was more intelligent than that, but her words were right out of the Repub rhetoric they were spewing there for a while.

    People like this family member don’t take into account that many of these teachers work very long hours during those 9 months and have to deal with crazy ass parents and their offspring. They probably need those 3 months to de-stress. LOL They also use THEIR OWN MONEY to fund many of the things in their class rooms since they can’t get money from the schools for basic things like PENCILS or Kleenex. Last year my son started Kindergarten and they were sending notes home every so many weeks begging the parents to help them with these things. We went to Office Max and spent about $60 for pencils, Kleenex, Lysol wipes and GermX. If we hadn’t contributed it would have come out of Mrs. M’s pocket.

    THEN…get this…THEN the State decided in order to cut their budget they are going to cut funding to our district to the point they were going to CUT OUT KINDERGARTEN. Before anyone says, “oh well it isn’t that important anyway when I was a kid it was just social…” let me tell you what my son did all year last year…

    He had to READ 800 books. Really read them. And not one word pages either. They were actual stories with a few sentences each page. He also learned how to add. Not just 1+1…one of his homework assignments was to take 2 dice and roll them and add the numbers. That is pretty big. That is something they will build off of THIS YEAR in 1st grade. If they had succeeded in cutting the funding there would have been a whole generation at least of kids that wouldn’t have been prepared to go to 1st grade.

    And I don’t want to hear about pre-school and private Kindergarten. DH makes a decent wage and we still couldn’t afford the money to send my son to Pre-school much less private school. How many poorer children would have been at a disadvantage because education is so much less important than someone’s yearly bonus??

    And yes, it can be difficult to get rid of teachers if they have tenure. They really have to screw up big time to get cut…otherwise they have to employ them somewhere else and hire someone else…which adds to the payroll when it would be better to just replace the incompetent teacher.

    There is a room in Philadelphia for teachers that can’t be fired. They go there and just sit there all day and play around on the computer or read until it is time to go home…BECAUSE THEY CAN’T BE FIRED.

    Anyway…Sorry to take up so much space here. Hit close to home.

    /rant

  3. Les:
    as a practicing skeptic, I find much to be suspicious of in this catchy little graphic.
    I went to the website for onlineeducation.net. Their about section doesn’t really tell me much about them, or what their agenda might be.
    But they seem to be doing a lot of picking and choosing of facts. For example: the section on the US vs the world. The last time I checked my atlas, there were quite a few more than 7 little countries in the rest of the world. Perhaps those other countries stats didn’t quite make the point?
    And in the section on professionals losing their licence or credentials: they seem to be referring only to some Illinois stats: they don’t tell us from when, or how this compares to the rest of the country.
    I’m wondering how much they left out, and what their real message is.

  4. Fair enough, Susan. I admit I haven’t dug deeply into this issue, but it seemed to line up with some of the reporting I’ve heard on the subject. I do agree with the idea that teachers are seriously underpaid and that it hurts the recruitment of the best and the brightest to the field.

    But I admit it’s entirely possibly this infographic is flawed. The citations they list do seem to line up with their claims, though.

  5. The first citation I checked was to a movie review: of a movie that has had some serious complaints made about it’s view of standard vs charter schools. [which is an issue I’ve worried much about: it just doesn’t make sense, does it: schools are in trouble, so let’s take money away from them and give it to parents to give to charter schools that aren’t as stringently regulated as public schools are, and taking away that money will magically fix the public schools by making them compete].
    I do think that teachers are not given sufficient respect for the job they do, or the necessary tools and authority to do that job. And the idea of mainstreaming all kids and making the local school boards find the money to pay for this is really cockeyed. Our local school had to pay to transport a special needs child 30 miles away for swimming lessons because it was deemed a necessary part of that child’s education. Meanwhile the list of materials all children are asked to bring in to class with them has grown to include paper towels and cleaning supplies, becuase the school can’t pay for it.
    I’m not so sure on the whole ‘underpaid’ teacher thing though. Are they underpaid, or are other professions overpaid? Part of my job is taking credit aps for people wanting to buy our expensive toys [boats]. Quite a few of our buyers are teachers. And what they put on the credit aps shows a very nice income [or very nice retirement pension]. My brother is on a local school board, and was complaining about the recent contract negotiations. At a time when everyone else I know is contributing towards their health insurance premiums, the teachers were ready to strike if they were asked to contribute anything towards the plan.
    I know this is rambling a bit. I guess my point is that our education system needs a thorough and complete review: and that simple little graphics like this are just too simple.

  6. Susan wrote:

    I know this is rambling a bit. I guess my point is that our education system needs a thorough and complete review: and that simple little graphics like this are just too simple.

    On which I agree with you completely.

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