We finish a two-part series on the teaching profession, with a look at how we prepare our teachers. After criticism claiming credentialing standards in the U.S. are lax, many states, including New Hampshire, are trying to raise the bar and turn out more qualified teachers. Some say more in-classroom experience is key. But there are challenges to such changes, including the expense.
Mounting research has shown that the most important factor in a child’s successful education is not his or her socioeconomic status, class size, or even the design of the curriculum…. it’s the teacher. But teacher dropout rate is high and the highly talented teachers are too few, especially in Science and Math.
In part five of the StateImpact series “Getting By, Getting Ahead” reporter Amanda Loder talks with a recently laid-off teacher in the Merrimack Valley. In this series, StateImpact is traveling across New Hampshire, gathering personal stories from the people behind the economy.
Jillian Corey seems to belong at Memorial High School in Manchester. A teacher here for five years, she easily navigates the school’s network of dimly lit hallways, decorated with computer printouts and hand-written signs.
There have been two very distinct trends during the economic recovery: the first has been very slow growth in private sector hiring. The second has been a series of losses in public sector jobs, from state employees to firefighters to schoolteachers.