Originally Posted by Brock
I am talking about kindergarten. I don't know what you're talking about. Teaching abcs and counting isn't calculus. The rewards should be commensurate with that.
God help us if we think education at any level, kindergarten or senior year, is about rote memorization and ABCs.
There are a LOT of very smart people, very kind people, and very organized people who are grossly under qualified to teach a kindergarten classroom. I consider myself a good person. I cannot imagine the unbelievable amount of patience it would take to deal with 30 kids this age let alone teach them and the unbelievable amount of creativity and enthusiasm it would take to make the learning fun. Or the psychology behind letting kids be kids while still putting them in their place. You make it sound like a robot could do that job.
I heard one person say, and it's true, that this is the year where kids figure out if learning will be fun or not. The rewards should be commensurate with replaceability. You are comparing a classroom to the IT environment you work in. I know in my work place, soft skills matter a ton. In lower-level classrooms, I imagine they are critical skills that lots of people do not have.