high school for me was difficult. not academically, but because the i didn`t get along with most of my teachers.
there are some who would say that it wasn`t my position to be "getting along", so much as doing the work......but here we are.
it was my feeling then that most teachers were determined to have the students "get" knowledge as a by-product of them merely showing up each day and regurgitating the material. some students seemed to be able to learn by this and so became the ones the teachers responded to.
the teachers i learned from were the ones who took the time to find out who we were as individuals.
i recently went to my high school reunion, and apart from the celebration and re-aquantance with friends and the building it`s self, i was struck by the fact that the feelings i had toward my teachers then were confirmed when i saw them again.
regarding the above article, i`m not even sure that the teachers who taught me 35 years ago were in a union, but the fact they are now complexifies an already sticky issue.
should they be paid on merit?
well, it would even the playing field certainly, and sort out the arrogant pedagogues who minister to the select few of like mind.