Fred Brooks says that we should pay teachers more

June 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

Interesting interview with Fred Brooks that touches on computer science education.

What’s the state of computer science education in the U.S.? Our Achilles’ heel is elementary and middle school preparation. We are not getting as many people prepared to go into technology — and well prepared to go into technology — as we should.

I see some remarkable accomplishments happening in strong schools. But I see disaster happening in many, many schools. I think there are organizational reasons why that’s true. I think the teaching profession is not paid and recognized as well relative to other professions. As a consequence, I don’t think that many people who two generations ago would have gone into teaching go into teaching anymore. I also think that bureaucratic requirements put on teachers now hamper teaching of a lot of substance.

via The Grill: Fred Brooks.

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  • 1. Alan Kay  |  June 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I wish Fred had said more.

    I’m pretty certain that he really means that teachers should be required to be at a much higher threshold for both knowledge of subject and understanding of teaching, and that they should be well paid if above the threshold and not hired if they are below.



  • 2. Alfred Thompson  |  June 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    My wife once overheard a parent talking about a school principal and saying “I don’t see how I can respect someone who only makes $x a year.” With an attitude like that it is not surprising that young people don’t see teaching as a respected career. The benefit of paying teachers more money is as much about them being respected as it is them having more monitary incentive to do the job. Few enter teaching just for the money and more money is not likely to, by itself, fix the shortage. On the otherhand as a demonstration of respect and of the importtance of the job it could very well help.


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