By now, you’re probably well aware that schools in the U.S. have been shown to perform at lower levels than their global counterparts. With the passing years, our ranking on the world’s educational ladder, has not fallen, but plummeted. Speculation as to the cause of our country’s educational demise has led to several far-reaching national strategies, but it seems nothing has worked to stabilize or raise the standards.
A recent survey released in the latter weeks of June by the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) found surprising results concerning our nation’s teachers. Although test scores have dropped in accordance with other countries throughout the world, teachers have been working longer hours under more difficult conditions than their counterparts in other countries. With the majority of teachers (66% or more) working in schools where greater than 30% of the students are economically disadvantaged, teachers are finding it difficult to meet the basic student needs of enough food, sleep, and a feeling of security. When student needs are not met, students either are unable to learn successfully, or their ability to focus is greatly diminished. Likewise, teachers are acting as liaisons between the school system and families of these disadvantaged students, and a great portion of their time is dedicated to assisting entire families to ensure students attend school fully prepared to learn. To compound this situation, two-thirds of teachers in the United States believe their profession is undervalued and have stated they were not receiving beneficial professional development or proper feedback from fellow teachers or administrators.
The study gave suggestions to ensure a solution to this grim situation. One of the most pressing results shown through this study is that U.S. schools need a system overhaul to allow teachers more time for collaboration. Schools across the world have more collaborative environments, and subsequently more classroom success.
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