In Catholic schools, the nuns did NOT have ed degrees. Most were subjects of the convent systems and , Im sure, some had never completed high schools. YET, by some unknown reason, the kids being produced by Catholic schools (in my years as an elementary/secondary student) were superior to their public counterparts.
In pub schools we spend more on ADMINISTRATION than we do on actual excellence in teaching.
I used to teach these National SCience Foundation Summer classes for science teachers (this was back in the late 1970's early 80's). The teacher/students were the laziest most manipulative scroungers Id ever seen. (These were those that were "degreed" an had passed their PSEA minimal requirements imposed by the union rules)
These folks were not stupid, just lazy. They knew how to manipulate the system like pros and Im sure the quality of education was waaay high on theor list of important things they needed to accomplish .RIIIIIIGHT.
Ive never been a fan of 2ndary science teachers and their attitudes. Most were scamming a very liberally rewarding system.
Wed gone, in a single generation, from teachers being underpaid highly dedicated professionals to overpaid underperforming and professionals of low expectation.
Sorry, Id start by firing ALL Administrations in Pub SChools and hire all nuns (despite their lack of "Degrees")
I hate agreeing with George. I must be sliding to the dark side on this issue.
ANOTHER THING--newspaper reporters are among the least informed writers. They dont let any facts get in ther way of pushing a point.