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African Teachers  Association-USA

(A.T.A.)

2510 Hamilton Avenue ,Baltimore , MD 21214 .Tel: 443-744-5328

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PROJECT RESPECT


No amount of effort to improve the quality of our schools will succeed unless we end up with better teachers. Yet, despite glimmers of renewed interest among students at elite universities, the most gifted and talented college students are not choosing teaching as a career. Knowing the notorious difficulties that beset the teaching profession today ,why should a student with degree in Math, Computer Science, a Doctor, or Lawyer ,choose a less paying job with little prestige, and full of students with different background  or choose to work in an environment where those that he/she is supposed to educate are more protected by law than himself/herself. Who would want to enter such a profession in which you even lacks  teaching materials, textbooks or basic lab instruments?

Even as job career motivations are mostly  intrinsic nowadays , Making the Teaching Profession a career can be summarize as reflecting on how to better impact the following elements:

Teacher' Salary-Core subject-Pedagogy- Leadership- Advancement- Less bureaucracy -Liveliness, labor and love of the profession-Parenting related control task such as patience and care for children- improved social status and working conditions of teachers - self-realization-difficulties they could face-breaking the tradition of teacher education and certification by allowing alternative path to certification- Universities should emphasize on pedagogy( including methods targeted at specific age groups) as well as mastery of the core subject- Recruit and retain skillful teachers- make sure that in each elementary school there is an instructor with a strong background knowledge in Math and Science.

We should also be aware of the fact that, most teacher-students who intend to choose the primary direction does it mostly for the contact with children, babysitting,  less misbehavior , and/or  for material benefits, while student-teachers who are moving to secondary education are more attracted by the opportunity to develop intellectually and professionally. Women are more concern about their contact with children and their desire to impart knowledge, compare to  men who mostly seek to achieve and get good working conditions

We strongly believe that a system with good paying salary  in which everybody is held accountable and share strategies in a collaborative way from stakeholders, to students including parents and teachers would be the best initiative for the 21st century . For this purpose, we advocate for a  system that would promote in each district a rotative assignment of  highly qualified teachers in different schools (within the district) after a minimum of 5 years or maximum of 10 years in the same school, a system in which after a certain number of years, a teacher meeting the require qualification, should be eligible or be elected at a leadership position ( principal, vice-principal, etc..), a system where teachers are evaluated by administrators in a fair way and administrators are evaluated by teachers in the same manner, a system in which administrators are not appointed but elected  staff, and finally a system where teachers are  stuff with strong background knowledge in their content and delivery strategies, not just “babysitters” one.