To the last thought, the way to change anything in our society is to work within the system. In the case of Education, on the local level like minded and determined parents must get involved with their school boards. Including and especially becoming members ON the school boards. (There is great reluctance in our society to be involved, it seems. We saw with Obama, that by 2010, the progressives who had voted him in couldn’t be bothered to keep a democratic House to assist Obama.)
The burnout rate is huge, but the main reason is that the teachers are overburdened by an unrealistic ratio that denies them much chance at doing what they were trained and had a propensity to doing, that is teaching their students. Spread out the load, increase the payoffs in both directions.
Student loan debt is insane. If anything teachers should be given reduced rates or aid to assist in paying the loans off. It’s a problem in all sectors, though, and one which reeks of “The Company Store”. The monetization of culture has definitely created problems that extend far beyond it’s scope of intention. Again, the way to create change is to become involved politically. The interests of millions of people struggling to pay their debt, as good humans are taught to do, coincide. This equates a voting bloc. This forces our representative government to abide. (Again consider 2010 when 80 jr Represetatives entered the House on the Republican side and promptly crippled the system by making minority demands of a majority party. In other words, it can be done.) Legislation to create a debt relief law for teachers if framed well could get legs.
Privatizing education may have been the deliberate aim at Bush2's No Child Left behind program which set benchmarks that utterly defied many school systems and thus cost them serious Federal fundings. The name was good, but the spirit of it was brutal since it clearly denied the lower income schools a real chance at education. With decreased funding came increased economic (not necessarily racial)segregation as concerned parents removed their children from the public systems. So yes, it’s a messy web.
Despite the horrors, MOST children going to public school are trying their hardest to get through it. The relative few who are real trouble makers have always been there and likely always will, and it’s in every school even private schools. The swing child, who could be trouble or not depending on the situation, they need to be given reliable consistent role models and direction and they will likely shine. The rest of the kids ARE trying to get educated.
So to the original premise. Change the ratio to 10–1 or less, and you’ll see teachers making an impact, the impact will affect both sides of the experience, the kids will learn the teachers will teach. People need jobs, teaching is an honorable job. The process of sharing information, of guiding a mind forwards, these are honorable and evolutionary things and good teachers will flock to a system that holds these ideals up as Good.
How does this all get enacted? First an alternative philosophy of public education must be developed, promoted, and shared. It doesn’t need to be all inclusive covering every little detail, that’s up to the local school boards, what it needs is to see Education as vital to the growth and health of our great nation, and then it needs to see a reduced ratio plan as being the best way to achieve results. Then it needs political backing, which requires political participation on a local, then national level by all likeminded people. And perhaps it will need corporate backing as well, since corporations generally have huge slush funds that need to be shared out.