U.S. needs fresh ideas for teachers, Malloy says

Washington - Calling teachers the "linchpin" of student success and emphasizing the need for education reform and innovation, Gov. Dannel Malloy told the nation's governors Sunday that education was suffering from a "lack of new fresh ideas and approaches."

During his address at the National Governor's Association meeting, Malloy also noted his concern about a shortage of science and math teachers. He said that, in an effort to draw science and math teachers, he has spoken with state university educators about offering joint degrees with science and math programs and teaching programs. In doing so, he hopes to inspire science and math university graduates eventually to become teachers.

Panelists at the meeting, Co-Director of Public Impact, Dr. Bryan Hassel and Director of Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Fredrick Hess, said that because teaching has become a less desirable career path, diversity and qualifications of teachers are suffering.

Dr. Hassel added that even though education spending has risen significantly, teacher's pay has become "stagnant." He points out that teachers must also deal with rising average work hours, growing class diversity, and higher expectations from community and peers, making the teaching career unappealing to graduates.

Dr. Hess continued that education leaders are not being properly developed as leaders or as education professionals. He noted that many school system administrators only had career experience in teaching and the education they had received did not prepare them properly.

for the different roles an administrator must take on.

Dr. Hassel suggested that in order to attract diverse and highly educated people to teaching, average teacher salaries should be pushed to $100,000, relocating funds from other areas of the education budget. Dr. Hess agreed with providing higher teacher compensation, saying that teachers should be rewarded for their performance.

and that excellent teachers should be cultivated and drawn upon for forming education policy.

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