I began to wonder how we could change the perception of teachers for the general public. I know that teachers committing crimes is a newsworthy subject but we need to make the positive things apparent too. A lot of my suggestions are not something that teachers have a lot of control over but leaders in the government and community do have this power. Until the leaders make a step for change, the need for teachers will continue to grow. I think the media should show positive things going on in the local schools on a regular basis.
1. We need to show young people who are making a difference rather than just committing crimes.
2. We need to involve the community more in our schools. Open up the school building on weekends and after hours to the community.
3. Schools need to become more transparent to the community.
4. School districts should improve marketing strategies to show why teaching in their district is so wonderful and show these regularly to the general public. The army has done this with positive results (I mean, who would want to do “more before breakfast than most people do all day!” but the positive spin gets people motivated).
Do you have any other suggestions on how to change the general public’s perception about teaching? If so, I’d love to hear it and maybe somebody with some influence will read these and be willing to try to do one of these things.
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