Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Yesterday was a good day to look at some statistics on education.

Education Week covered a survey done by the federal government on who the public and charter school teachers in the USA are. Here is some of what they found:

Teachers tend to be white, female, and have nearly a decade and a half of experience in the classroom, according to new data released Monday by the federal government.

1. The Teaching Force Is Growing and Getting Slightly More Female

The 2015-16 survey estimates that there are 3.8 million public school teachers in the U.S. That’s up from about 3.4 million teachers four years ago, when the last survey was administered. About 3.6 million of the teachers today work in traditional public schools, while about 218,500, or 6 percent, work in charter schools.

About 77 percent of teachers are women—up slightly from 76 percent in 2012. In primary schools, nearly 9 in 10 teachers are women. In high schools, less than two-thirds are.

The average age of teachers is 42, down slightly from 43 in 2012.

The average base salary for a teacher these days is $55,100. Those who earn additional money for leading extracurricular or other activities tend to add about $2,600 to their pay.

This is a mostly white female profession. I think we all knew teachers were mostly women but there are more males in the high schools. I would guess the gender ratio is somewhat similar, although slightly less white, in NYC. Teacher unionists need to understand the needs of our rank and file. Hence the push for paid maternity leave.

Most teachers also said in the survey that they still have some autonomy in the classroom.

The federal government also found charter school teachers are less experienced than public school teachers. Charter school teachers are less likely to have a Masters Degree.

In other statistical news, the AFT did a poll on what parents want. It looks like the parents agree with the teachers on education for the most part. Here is an example:

Parents Want Quality Neighborhood Public Schools More than Choice.

With which statement do you agree more?

I want a good quality neighborhood public school I can send my children to: 71%

I want to have more choiceof which schools I can send my children to: 29%.

Those numbers include urban and non-urban parents.

Just some statistics to look at in the middle of the week.


Anonymous said...

Hill lashed out at the president on Tuesday, saying Trump’s rise “is a direct result of white supremacy. Period. He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.”

Imagine if the reverse was said about Obama. Classic double standard. How sad for our society. obama won because every single black voted for him. And bums want more free stuff.

James Eterno said...

The reverse was said about Obama. Trump was one of the leaders of the movement to doubt the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate.

Regardless, this has nothing to do with the posting. Please try to stay on topic.

Anonymous said...

Stay on topic. Repeat, stay on topic.

Anonymous said...

Just wonder where we would be with salary, benefits, respect for the profession etc. if our profession were 77% white male dominated. My guess is that we would have a 25% higher salary, much more respect, and a bigger benefits package. Now who's to blame?

Anonymous said...

We gotta get the women to start thinking like men in terms of their jobs. Nurses have done it.

Anonymous said...

Police on Wednesday were searching for a teenage girl who attacked and punched a fellow teen girl at a Q Train station in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

James Eterno said...

And that has zero to do with these statistics. Reminder to stay on topic. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

It has to do with student achievement.

Anonymous said...

It's all about student behavior. The horrible behavior of our students which is caused by many many problems has made our jobs unbearable. Yes you can blame the uft, doe, the mayor and even Santa but when push comes to shove it's all about student behavior. They don't behave which causes them to not value anything especially something that's free like education. And what do we do in response to this.....dumb down the curriculum, pass almost everyone and wait for it..... Change our behavior standards and code of behavior. The students have played us. It's time to raise the flag and officially proclaim defeat. Once upon a time students were afraid to fail and punished for breaking the standards. Now us foolish teachers fail and are punished for working hard and driving ourselves crazy trying to get Johnny to pass the regents. What a joke we all are. I should have become a sanitation engineer. What has happened to my once great profession? Please let me know I'm waiting patiently for your response.

waitingforsupport said... miserable.

James Eterno said...

There has been poor student behavior for generations. The difference now is that it is acceptable in many schools because just about everyone needs to pass and graduate to make the principal, mayor and chancellor look good.

Anonymous said...

Agree but behavior and lack of basic manners is much worse. I know you were an atr for only a few months but if you didn't get placed you would see what's going on in many many many schools.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your support my friend. God Bless.

James Eterno said...

I was a lucky ATR but I have friends from Jamaica who were placed all over in hellholes and my wife worked in one too. I know what it is like and how lucky I am.

Anonymous said...

Yes I know I've been in your wife's classroom as an atr. Many many hellholes and our strategy to fix it is to lower our standards and fail and punish teachers instead of students. I think you know the point I was making in my longer post.

Anonymous said...

You summed it up beautifully.

Anonymous said...

Since NYC DOE academic policy clearly states students cannot be failed and grade cannot be lowered due to attendance and behavior. Students are not held accountable. This only contributes to the issue.