Teachers Opt Out When Professionalism Goes Unrecognized
According to Dean Darlyne Bailey, many people do not view teaching as a profession. As a result, teachers often contend with a lack of resources including inadequate classroom supplies and low pay, prompting some to opt for alternative careers.
"There is a myth that any intelligent person can teach," Baily said while pointing out that teaching requires a unique set of skills. "Just like doctors, lawyers and social workers, teachers require professional training." Dismissing what effective teaching requires, she added, devalues the profession.
The article, entitled "Teachers Find Summer Jobs Aren't Just for Students," appeared in the August 1 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune.
Published Friday, Aug. 5, 2005