Issues in Education
By Derrick Meador, About.com Guide
- Issues in Becoming a Teacher
- Legal Issues & Schools
- Belonging to a Teacher's Union
- Choosing the Right School
Issues in Becoming a Teacher
Many teachers struggle with whether or not they should even become a teacher. The pay isn't that great, it can be a stressful job, and support in many locations is not that great. However, there are rewards that come with being a teacher that are priceless. Once you've made the decision to become a teacher, there are still other decisions to make. Along the way, there will be constant factors that can influence your entire teaching career.
- How Do I Become Certified?
- What Happens During a Teacher Interview?
- Sample Teacher Interview Questions
- What is Teacher Tenure?
Legal Issues & Schools
All teachers and administrators should become familiar with basic federal and state laws that impact education. Not adhering to some laws either by ignorance or negligence can land you in hot water. In addition, there are those historic laws that have had major impacts on what schools are today. Having basic understanding of these laws and the impact that they have on our profession will be beneficial.
- Brown v Board of Education Summary
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- Prayer in School
- Search and Seizure in Schools
Belonging to a Teacher's Union
Belonging to a teacher's union does provide certain benefits and protection that a teacher may want to have. Although it is not mandatory that you join a teacher's union, you may be "encouraged" to do so depending on the state and/or district that you teach in. Many unions come in branches that include a national, a state, and a local union. Participation in one, two, or all three branches are left to the individual, but your dues often include all three branches.
Choosing the Right School
Most parents want what is best for their children, particularly when it comes to their education. There is an increasing number of parents choosing to educate their children in other means besides public education. Some parents choose to send their child to a private school, while others home school their children. Today, a new phenomena includes charter schools and online academies. Each of these provide an alternative form of education for students. Choosing the right alternative will have a lasting impact on your child.