"A great teacher can literally change the course of a student's life. They light a lifelong curiosity, a desire to participate in democracy, and instill a thirst for knowledge. It's no surprise that studies repeatedly document that the single biggest influence on student academic growth is the quality of the teacher standing in front of the classroom—not socioeconomic status, not family background, but the quality of the teacher at the head of the class." - Arne Duncan
Important facts to know about teachers
46 percent of teachers in public schools leave the profession within five years.
Teachers make 14 percent less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education.
14 percent of teachers leave the profession each year; in urban districts, the turnover is higher: 20 percent.
Teachers work an average of ten hours per day.
92.4 percent of teachers spent their own money on their students or classrooms during the 2007-2008 school year.
61 percent of adults think teachers are underpaid given their level of training and importance to society.
77 percent of U.S. adults feel teaching is among the most under-appreciated professions in the U.S.
76 percent agree that many of the smartest people in society don't go into teaching because being a teacher doesn't pay enough.
Good teaching over a sustained period can [help students] overcome the disadvantages of poverty.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 04 December 2011 19:52|
Blair Lekstrom, MLA for Peace River South, announced on September 4th that he won't be running in the next provincial election. Mr. Lekstrom was first elected as MLA in 2001. He served as Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Minister of Community Development and Ministry of Transportation.
Mr. Lekstrom voted in favour of Bill 22, the legislation that once again restricted BC teachers' right to strike and negotiating a collective agreement.
Mr. Lekstrom's announcement meant that Christy Clark has lost almost 30 percent of her caucus. A poll by Forum Research on August 30th indicated that the Liberal government has sank to 23 percent support.
Written by Lorraine
Sunday, 04 December 2011 19:32