9/25: Educators’ next chapter

The AJC Editorial Board

Great schools demand great teachers. And in recent years, Georgia has spent billions of dollars, in fits and starts, to increase teacher quality.

Yet we’re not where we need to be. Far from it.

Reporting last week in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes a decade-long “piecemeal and contradictory approach to improving teacher quality, with little evidence of success.”

We have to do better.

Read what Andre Jackson, writing for the Editorial Board has to say. Then read  the opinions of  Jon Schoening, who  teaches at Inman Elementary School in Fayette County;  Gwen Green,  a library media specialist at Stephenson Middle School in DeKalb County; Anthony Pattiz, who teaches social studies at Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County; and Monica Dorner, an English teacher at Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County.

Then tell us what you think about how to address teacher quality.

14 comments Add your comment


September 27th, 2011
6:55 pm

University Professor, anyone who can pass the secondary math and science exams, as well as English and Social Studies, is quite smart. Try taking the GA exams, then you’ll see how the curriculum has been increasing in difficulty over the years. I

AJC editorial board pretends yet again

September 26th, 2011
2:17 pm

And we are supposed to take direction from an editorial board that took ten years to figure out Beverly Hall was a fraud?


University Professor

September 26th, 2011
7:58 am

I teach within the USG. Education majors are taught using the “mastery” approach. This means, if you are an education major, you get to take the test as many times as needed in order to get the score required. Georgia Public Education will not improve significantly until the students majoring in Education at the college level are screened for intelligence and ability.

AJC editorial board pretends yet again

September 26th, 2011
7:27 am

Please AJC don’t even start with your nonsense that you are interested in improving teacher quality.

You will have some credibility when you start to advocate for the ONE thing that will improve teacher quality: improving TEACHING CONDITIONS

But that would require Andre Jackson and crew to have some REAL understanding of the issues, and the BACKBONE to stop playing America’s favorite game, “Blame teachers first”

Of course it’s a fun game to play; keeps us from looking at OURSELVES in the mirror.