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What do teachers want?

posted by mark | January 30, 2014 | 1 Comment | K-12 Reform, Master of Education

I have had some interesting conversations lately about teachers and what they want from their own educations. Some of it applies directly to our M.Ed. program and its philosophies, and caused me to do a fair bit of critical reflection. It seems to me that a powerful motivator for teachers who seek graduate education is career advancement and salary increase, and this makes a lot of sense. But would teachers say that this is THE reason for continuing an education, and should our programs be crafted around the benefits that accrue for the teacher personally, with everything else being relegated to the margins? In other words, should our main focus and our reason for offering our program be to allow teachers to increase the number of extrinsic rewards they receive for teaching? I believe, when it comes right down to it, the answer to this question is no, and believe that most teachers feel the same way.  I think most teachers are truly in it for the kids. What many teachers really want (and only rarely get) is the freedom, power, and support they need to help the kids they serve live better lives. Certifications and financial rewards are wonderful things, and we should pursue them when we can. But we should never allow those rewards to become THE reason behind our actions, and we should put the kids first, above all things.

One Response to “What do teachers want?”

  1. Jeanne Smith
    February 2nd, 2014 @ 1:25 am

    Triple Amen! Thanks for the commentary, Mark!

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