Crazy Ideas for Crazy Change

I have always wondered why teachers are some of the lowest paid people, and yet have one of the most important and crucial jobs. I will freely admit that this going to seem like an incredibly self serving post being I teach math, but I’ll bring it around to the students soon, I promise.

My idea for our new fellowship involves some sort of salary subsidy that would come from the people who graduate from our program.  I was thinking something like 2% of their salary once they leave university would be put into an account that goes towards faculty salary.  My thoughts are these:

  1. The economic incentive helps make sure the school stays up to par which fosters a connection to the school that never really ends.
  2. The salary of the teacher becomes something that is enticing for all people since the subsidy is meant to go towards paying teachers wages that elevate the profession to something closer to some of the most important roles in our society.
  3. There is a feeling that the better all our students do later in life comes back to benefit us.

I don’t know, maybe this takes some of the honor and altruism away from the profession, but I think at some point, teachers have to stop sacrificing so much of their lives to do what they love. I also think that at some point society has to invest in their teachers in a real way.

In studying motivation on creativity and productivity, Daniel Pink says that if you get the money right up front, make people feel like they are part of something bigger, and provide autonomy for people to lead and create great spaces, you will see great things happen fast.  I think that if people literally are buying into the profession they will see amazing things happen.  That means that our students get the best teachers who are more satisfied with all aspects of their lives and give the best they can for the long haul. The hope is to reduce teacher turnover, burnout, and increase incentive remain reflective and growing. Is this realistic anywhere? In the areas where people live well below poverty? I don’t know, but again, my hope with this is that it only affects the people who finish their Bachelors degrees.  Please share, and lets see what people think.

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About Chett Garcia

I live in Philadelphia with my wife and son. I teach math, and dream of a great school that can be the model for all schools in the future. I am always trying to improve myself, my teaching, and life in general. I truly hope you'll join me on this journey!
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4 Responses to Crazy Ideas for Crazy Change

  1. Brianna says:

    I agree, teachers are crucial and need to be payed higher wages! Honestly through everything they have to go through–they deserve it.

  2. ciedie aech says:

    I see your point, and would take it a step further. If we want SOCIETY to value teachers, then we simply have to put our money where our “value” is. Currently we seem to be creating the opposite effect, endlessly arguing that teachers (well, at least those public teachers we have to support with our taxes) are “bad” — and therefore worth less and less to society each year.

    • Chett Garcia says:

      I totally agree, my thought was a means of having sort of emotional connection between college graduates and the teachers that helped get them there. But you are 100% on the mark there. What always cracks me up, is the fact that Public teachers get all this scrutiny and no other profession is scrutinized this publicly.

  3. anony says:

    I’m nominating you for a Liebster Award. Check it out here https://anonymousinfawnskin.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/liebster-award/

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