ERIC Number: ED211522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
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Educational Organization: Some Suggestions for the 1980's.
The current state of education suggests that the present salary schedules and school organization models work against effective education. In addition, theoretically effective educational programs are not successful without effective personnel. Trends also show forces that are at work to lower the quality of teachers' work in the next decade. The career ladders of teachers show that, by the time a teacher has reached the highest salary level and is at the peak of professional competence, there is no further possibility of salary advancement unless the teacher goes into administration or leaves teaching. The organizational model for public schools is based upon industry and, in effect, makes higher-salaried administrators managers and teachers laborers. School administration also tends to produce and promote new programs and innovations without the interest or consent of teachers. The proposition that there will be less effective teachers in the future is based on the observation that schools of education do not recruit the finest students and do not demand high quality work. School staff should be organized in a way similar to college faculty, with "senior teachers" similar to full professors with the same salary and status. Criteria for hiring and advancement could then be developed collegially by the senior staff which would operate as an academic cabinet for the school administration. In this model for school organization, senior teachers would have a twelve month contract and spend the summers in curriculum development, academic research, or other pursuits that would develop their professional competence. (JD)
Descriptors: Career Ladders, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Faculty Mobility, Master Teachers, Program Effectiveness, School Administration, School Effectiveness, Status Need, Teacher Alienation, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Employment, Teacher Promotion, Teacher Salaries
Not available separately; see SP 019 382.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Symposium "Education and Contemporary America" of the Boise State University School of Education (2nd, Boise, ID, October 8-10, 1981).