Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks, has a rule for all his potential employees. He will not hire anyone who doesn’t like coffee. It makes sense. Why would you want a team member selling something they don’t’ even buy themselves. To do a good job, you probably need to like the product.
I have an idea. Why don’t we apply that same rule to school teachers. What if we said: No one is allowed to teach who doesn’t like kids. I like it; it has a nice ring to it. We should have thought of this a long time ago.
I recently watched “Waiting For Superman,” the highly acclaimed movie about the state of public education today. I highly recommend it. It is sobering. It’s actually downright depressing. I have said for years that most teachers I meet are my heroes — but the education system in our nation is broken. Badly.
The answer is good teachers who are gifted to teach and who love children. But, the teacher’s unions continue to prop up bad teachers allowing them to stay only because they have tenure. Many are horrible. Middle school kids nationwide score between 25-35% in reading proficiency. It has been proven that with good teachers, every child can be proficient. It is not difficult… unless you have someone teaching in the classroom that would better fill the role of an auto mechanic.
The sad truth is — the teacher’s unions scream that kids deserve good schools, but those unions aren’t about kids at all. They are all about themselves; preserving their jobs. I don’t know of another profession that allows bad employees to keep their jobs. They get fired. It’s the only way to keep the industry competitive. Unfortunately, we are forced to allow bad teachers to remain in the classroom, while little countries all over the world pass us up. If public schools played by the same rules companies do, they’d be out of business.
I left the movie just sick about the unnecessary condition of our schools. I am going to do everything in my power to change what I can.