I was trying to think of ways to pay teachers more. The number one country in the world with kids that make the highest scores is Finland. It turns out the difference from the rest of the world is the quality of their teachers. Ten years ago when they started their teacher enrichment program, it was as easier to get accepted into medical school as into the Finnish teacher training program. They disregarded all the programs that turned out mediocre teachers. And then these quality teachers more, about $69,500/year.
Spain pays its teachers the most of any country but their standard are mediocre so Spanish kids don’t do any better than the average. We need more money and we need a high standard for these better paid teachers, at least in the top 10% of their class and then, they spend a year in training under master teachers while they teach kids. (The Smartest Kids in the World and How they Got that Way, by Amanda Ripley). Finland lacked the white boards and computers that we have in the U.S. Teachers were the difference.
I was watching the Kentucky Derby and I thought, why can’t we have something that beautiful and exciting. And if grownups want to bet, the house should be the State of N.C. or at least the County, in our case, Wake County. The money would ONLY go for teachers pay and tuition to smart kids with little money that would like to be teachers, the best teachers in the whole world. From that base, all economic success would flow. Corporate wives would want their husbands to locate their corporate headquarters and their factories here. There is a proposal up for vote this November to raise the sales tax to do the same thing. That is not nearly exciting. The area needs pro sports. Horse racing is a pro sport.
As an afterthought, in that Run for Roses, do you think they took the thorns off the roses before they through that bouquet around the winning horse’s neck?
Good news. Crude dropped over a dollar per barrel today, down to $96.71/barrel. Gasoline is down by 3.79 cents at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel is also down, down 3.07 cents/gallon. Prices are:
Have a great day,