Why Do Schools Fire Losing Coaches But Not Bad Teachers?


In light of the recent coaching drama at U-M, this article is a good reminder on our missing priorities, where hiring and firing coaches is more important than those entrusted to teach our children.

Anyone who pays attention to local high schools knows that a coach who has several consecutive losing seasons will likely be fired. Well, not really. It is more likely that the losing coach will be sent to teach history or English.

Have you ever heard of a bad history or English teacher who was taken out of the classroom and sent to coach football or basketball? I doubt it. At least not because he was doing a bad job of classroom teaching.


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Firing is the answer to everything. As far as I know there are no "remedial coaching" classes for those whose team members don't move the ball over the goal. The "losers" graduate and the coach gets fired.

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HaHa, thats easy. It is because sports is a thousand times more important than academics.
Why? Because sports brings in big money for the schools so they can keep all those high salary deadbeats on the payroll. They don't give a rats ass about education. Most Colleges anymore are a joke as far as students learning anything. Its more like a money making machine to keep a bunch of deadbeats employed. Everyone encourage your kids to go to college and obtain some worthless degree that will pay 30K a year if your lucky. Don't forget to pay back that 50K loan you took out. Peace out!

Teaching attracts few of the best and brightest, and it's a no-brainer why. Money talks. Who wants to chuck thousands upon thousands on a college degree to get a job that pays $30K to start, sometimes less, depending on where you teach. And for this barely-above-poverty-level income and student loan debt, they have the luxury of putting up with dumb-ass, overpaid administrators, many of whom are former coaches who didn't want to be in the classroom, idiotic parents, school boards comprised of morons who don't know anything about education, and kids who don't want to be in school in the first place. How many math or science whizzes want to spend time teaching high school kids when they can make buckets of money in the medical field, private industry or government and be treated with the respect afforded most professionals?

And spare me the whine about working only nine months a year. The traditional school calendar is a 19th century dinosaur that came about because so many families needed their kids home in the summer to help run the family farm. It should have been done away with decades ago. American schools should be in session year-round, and teachers should be the best we can get, but the bottom line is that to attract the best you have to be willing to pay for the best. It's never going to happen in the U.S. because education has always been low on the totem pole of priorities for us. That basic fact isn't going to change, so quit bellyaching.

And possibly the best post we'll read in 2011. Not one myself, but I have a son and daughter-in-law who are teachers out of state. DIL teaches third and fourth graders. My kid teaches lit. and English in high school and probably reads more books over the course of a year than any administrators or board members will read during their lifetimes, just so he can engage and challenge his students, to get them to think, as he says, "what the writer is really saying." They don't make much money, teaching in a state where the collective is not so much a "union," but an "organization" with few bargaining rights. But they are doing fine, paying the bills and all that, getting ahead a little bit at a time. They both have master's now, so their pay has been upped. I shudder at the thought of being at the front of a classroom of 25 to 30 kids every day, whether elementary or high school age. (Having sat in desks K-12, I know how miserable students can make life be for the teachers). I don't know what makes a person want to go into teaching, as I've told my son. I guess it's about wanting to impart knowledge, to introduce the kids to something new, to thrill at watching kids grasp concepts and ideas, along with the basics. I'm guessing, too, that you are a teacher. If so, thank you for entering this profession. As much as I disagree with the protectionist stance of the local teachers union, I admire those who have chosen this field.

Patience is a great virtue.

Teaching is one of the those honorable professions. The people that pursue a career in education know that the profession doesn't pay well. The rewards a teacher gets are so much greater than what people receive in corporate America. In corporate America people work their butts off to line the pockets of a few aristocrats with lavish lifestyles. Corporations are America's form of fascism. In teaching, you get to experience the metamorphosis of other human beings from being knowledge-less to functional, to sometimes genius. Just think, as a teacher you get a chance to be part of that process and help sustain and improve our world. I don't have a problem with the benefits teachers get. In corporate America a teacher is called a trainer. The pay for a trainer is twice that of a high school teacher, plus trainers usually get decent benefits as well. Just remember, there are bad politicians, race car drivers, doctors, lawyers, auto mechanics, store clerks, bus drivers, policemen, firemen, etc. etc. etc. There are ways to overcome bad teachers. I did. Most of the teachers at the grade schools and high school I went to could care less about the students and their futures. I went to the library, practiced doing assigned and unassigned math problems, read books, attended educational events and forums. While I did that I helped feed the livestock, planted and harvested crops, help keep the house clean, shoveled snow, cut the grass, performed odd jobs around the community, and played baseball and football after school. I will say a few of my teachers were pretty good. They are the ones who helped me establish a sound academic platform that qualified me to go to college and eventually graduate from graduate school. I promised myself, if I ever became a teacher I would aspire to be one like those good ones I encountered.

Ed majors generally have the lowest SAT entrance scores.

And would it kill you to use a paragraph once in a while?

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“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

May I ask were you found this information? Is your information from the study that was done nearly 20 years ago. Or, are using the information that is 3 years old that shows those now entering the teaching profession have dramatically improved their SAT scores, GPA, and quality of teaching. Just wondering.

Zit Guest, I'm just trying to find out if you can read.

Some of the best teachers aren't the ones who get 1800 plus on the SAT. Research will show that many of the super scorers on the SAT can't teach anybody to tie a shoe, let alone teach another person anything.

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