- Police: Cape man kidnapped woman, then raped, assaulted her (06/30/16)7
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)41
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- Four men accused of roles in three robberies (06/29/16)3
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)1
- Southeast president to get his U.S. citizenship July 4 (06/30/16)34
- Cape murderer still will serve 2 life sentences; appeals court forced reduced charge (06/30/16)
- Cape detective who helped solve Krajcir case is retiring (06/28/16)8
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Business notebook: Melting Co. adds to Cape's food-truck fleet (06/27/16)
Teachers have needs beyond high salaries
To the editor:
A Jan. 14 article reported that local districts are having difficulty attracting and retaining teachers who are the cream of the crop and that low salaries are the reason. Although pay is a factor, most people enter education knowing it will not be a gold mine. Instead, they choose the career because they enjoy working with young people, are interested in a particular subject or generally believe in the importance of a strong educational system. For most, it is some combination of all three. If school districts are to attract and retain enough high-quality teachers, they must create an environment that facilitates these goals.
Teachers are concerned with more than salary. They ask questions like: Will the size of classes allow me to give the individual attention students deserve? Will the schedule allow enough time for planning, evaluation and collaboration? Will I be allowed the professional freedom and time needed to create and implement new approaches to helping students learn? Does the administration encourage loyalty?
We can draw and retain some of the best and the brightest. Intelligent, innovative, enthusiastic people are attracted to environments where those traits are prized and nurtured.
Central High School