West Side Montessori Seminar: "Teaching, Training, and Recruitment"

In this speech, Al Shanker discusses the need for teachers to take responsibility of the state of education. He says that too often students, parents, or society are blamed for school failure, while teachers are cast as victims. Shanker argues instead that teachers need to adjust their attitudes to claim responsibility. In doing so, he also advocates for stronger teacher training and support noting that frequently young teachers fresh out of college burn out quickly. He argues that better training and support, as well as an attempt by the teaching profession to attract older workers looking to dedicate themselves to a career, would help prevent burn out. At the end, Shanker briefly touches on issues of race in education, and he calls on the community to become involved in the public schools.

New York, NY
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