MYTHS THAT UNDERMINE EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. The first three myths are extracted from 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, a new book by David Berliner and Gene Glass, two of the country’s most highly respected educational researchers.
Source: Mark Phillips, Teacher and Educational Journalist, Edutopia
Myth #1: Teachers Are the Most Important Influence on a Child’s Education
Myth #2: A Successful Program Works Everywhere
Myth #3: Merit Pay for Teachers Improves Student Performance
Myth #4: Teachers DON’T work during the summer
Many teachers spend their summers teaching summer school, running summer programs, or working other jobs to account for the fact that they are underpaid. Additionally, summer is often the only time for teachers to participate in teacher training and professional development programs and to plan lessons for the entire school year.
This is even truer in poorer countries where teachers have low incomes and work multiple jobs during the summer or even throughout the year.
Myth #5: Teachers are done working at 3PM
Teachers work well past 3PM or the end of the school day. There is often little time during the school day to plan lessons, review papers, and grade tests. This means that many teachers spend hours after each school day working on tasks that are part of the job. In the UK teachers spend an average of 23 percent of their work hours doing work outside the classroom.
Globally, teachers spend an average of 17.5 hours per week teaching classes. Salaries for teachers often account for just the hours spent teaching, but they should include the extra time that teachers spend after the final bell rings.
Disclaimer–this varies by country too. Teachers in the US average 32 hours per week while teachers in Greece average about 10 hours per week.