Unemployment Solutions For Teachers – How to Fix the Educational System, Logically

There are unemployment solutions, but they are not always what you would like them to be. Many college graduates are coming into a world where there is no work to be had, at least not in their chosen fields. As a tenured teacher and Crisis Counselor, I was devastated to lose my job due to economic downturn. As far as I could tell, I had done everything expected of me: I went to college, got great grades and an advanced degree and received tenure.But the world has changed and only change will right this teetering vessel.The economic stimulus money is almost gone, by and large, and there is talk of this as a genuine crisis. And, make no mistake, this is a crisis.As American education lags behind so much of the developed world, the future looks a little less bright when our education system has little hope of recovering in it’s current state. So why not make a major change and fix the educational system? Some are calling for a bailout of the educational system, adding billions of dollars to the deficit. But even these advocates admit that this would be only a temporary “Band Aid” fix at best, requiring even more money the following year.

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Two ideas strike me as interesting: one is President Obama’s interest in educational reform and the other is the proposal to make broadband internet the communication standard for the United States. From my point of view, having worked with students from disparate backgrounds for over 9 years, is that students need more education, not less as proposed with shorter school years, weeks and days. To be competitive we need our students to have not adequate, but outstanding education that prepares them for life.Part of life is computers. Newly recognized as one of the new literacies is computer literacy. If we’re going to contribute to the deficit, why not at least make it a revolutionary plan that will be more self sustaining. Use money to buy computers for those who can’t and make wireless broadband available as the new communication. Then use that communication ability and new technological infrastructure to have kids learn at home.Of course, with teachers not having to drive, these early electric cars with a somewhat limited range will look better and better. Which should correspond with a drop in the need for oil. As a wonderful side effect, families would be responsible for helping their children organize their schedules to get their work and projects done.

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An unpopular part of my idea is likely to be the lowering of teachers’ salaries. But you need less money with this system because costs are lowered dramatically, not to mention that this would be a great unemployment solution for teachers and other industries would follow as well. If we’re to be an economic force to be reckoned with it would be a smart idea to consider a radical, but logical, step toward revamping our educational system for the betterment of all students.