Crazy Idea

I have this idea, a largely raw and unpolished idea.

We as teachers should have 3-year stints in high poverty and low poverty schools.

There are tons and tons of issues with this idea – hence the unpolished part. But consider that teaching in a high poverty school leads to higher rates of teachers leaving the profession. Our schools with the highest needs tend to get new teachers to replace those that leave, while other schools pick up the now-experienced teachers.

In every way that the system seems to work right now, the higher poverty your community has, the less quality education you receive.

Think about it.

So shouldn’t there be some movement going on? Shouldn’t we be a little more careful about how many students have classes taught by someone who is totally new to the game?


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