Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Opus 2015-391: An Idea for Better Schools

I think schools would be better if teachers were paid by the head?  School districts are paid that way.  Schools are reimbursed that way.  Why not teachers?  The current system encourages school districts to have large classes and syphon off the money that should go to keep them small.

So here is a suggestion for school reform.  Pay a teacher by the number of student grades they are responsible for.  I have about 160 students for regular classes plus another 40 for something called advisory.  Pick a number and multiply it by 200.  I was talking to a substitute a few days ago and he said his assignment was a breeze because there were very few kids in the classes.  I watch the class across the room and is usually has about have the numbers I have.  Should those teachers be paid the same as me? 

But this isn’t about paying me more.  I am asking how can we get the school districts to cut down on class size and the motivate experienced teachers to take the larger classes.  Using this system, teachers would be encouraged to take the extra work.  Administrators would be encouraged to keep classes small.  Somewhere in the middle we could get a mix that would produce better results than we are getting now.

Just one small piece in a big puzzle.

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