Opinion
Education Letter to the Editor

Essayist ‘Speaks the Truth’ on Status of U.S. Teachers

June 04, 2008 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To the Editor:

Only those who have made a career of teaching can fully appreciate James D. Starkey’s perceptive remarks in his Commentary “Please Don’t Do Me Any Favors” (May 14, 2008). He speaks the absolute truth about the status of public school teachers in American society.

Teachers in other countries enjoy prestige that never ceases to amaze their counterparts here. In Finland, for example, educators are accorded great respect, to the point that teaching is the No. 1 profession in the eyes of teenagers. In Japan and other Asian countries, teachers also are looked up to.

Albert Shanker, the late president of the American Federation of Teachers, understood the importance of elevating teaching to a profession that would be worthy of high esteem. He was criticized for trying to do so through unionism, but it was the only way of giving teachers a voice when one was desperately needed.

Walt Gardner

Los Angeles, Calif.

A version of this article appeared in the June 04, 2008 edition of Education Week as Essayist ‘Speaks the Truth’ On Status of U.S. Teachers

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Attend to the Whole Child: Non-Academic Factors within MTSS
Learn strategies for proactively identifying and addressing non-academic barriers to student success within an MTSS framework.
Content provided by Renaissance
Classroom Technology K-12 Essentials Forum How to Teach Digital & Media Literacy in the Age of AI
Join this free event to dig into crucial questions about how to help students build a foundation of digital literacy.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: June 19, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 12, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 29, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 8, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read