The $100,000 Teacher: A Solution to America's Declining Public School System

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For parents, educators, and policymakers--an explosive new look at public education in America that focuses on treating good teachers like the experienced professionals they are and eliminating the incompetents. Good teachers deserve a $100,000 annual salary and more if public education is to serve students well in the twenty-first century. The $100,000 Teacher: The Solution to America’s Declining Public School System explains just how this can be accomplished. Imagine if every public school student spent each day with teachers who could change their way of thinking, motivate them to excel, and make them truly look forward to class. Ten-year teaching veteran, Brian Crosby, provides a detailed plan for attracting and retaining the most qualified teachers by increasing salary potential, and eliminating incompetent teachers by raising standards and accountability. He explains how we can afford to increase teacher salaries (not by raising property taxes), why the unions are wrong in insisting teacher quality can’t be objectively evaluated, and what it will take to make this revolution happen. Increasing teacher salaries isn’t a new idea, but until now, no one has clearly explained how it can be done and why it must be done. Crosby offers new ideas like creating a more competitive, private sector-like pay schedule with a tiered career ladder, paying teachers according to performance, pooling money earmarked for special programs to create a legitimate pay scale, providing for peer evaluations, and upgrading the daily work conditions of teachers. The $100,000 Teacher is the book that will inspire good teachers, inflame bad ones, and educate parents and policymakers.

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Brian Crosby has been a high school English teacher in California for the past thirteen years, where he also served as a mentor teacher and chair of the English Department. Mr. Crosby's article, "Good Teachers Deserve $100,000" appeared in the Los Angeles Times in November 1998, and was syndicated in papers across the country. The article was highlighted on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal," and he has appeared on radio across the country to debate its merits. A graduate of California State University with a BA in English and an MA in Computer Education, Mr. Crosby belongs to the National Teachers of English and the California Association for the Gifted. This is his first book.

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Intellectually competent, high performing, well-paid teachers are the answer to today's educational woes, says veteran high school English teacher Crosby. Yet it is "not that much of an exaggeration to claim that public schools today are America's sweatshops," he argues, painting a bleak picture of the daily lives of many educators. If parents and policy makers really want top-notch teaching, Crosby insists, they need to eliminate crash courses in education designed to get certified teachers into classrooms; fix dilapidated buildings; provide teachers with the tools they need to do their work (phones, copy machines, adequate textbooks and computers); and most important, pay them a wage equivalent to what other professionals with graduate degrees, like those in law, business and medicine, earn. Crosby is certainly aware of the many proposals that have been advanced to improve education school vouchers, charter schools and a host of programs designed to teach everything from basic reading to particle physics. Parents and teachers can forget about most of these, he says, and get the same results by improving teachers' working conditions. Crosby doesn't really address the complexities of implementing this proposition, however, and ignores thorny issues such as merit pay, which many teachers oppose. This book began as a controversial syndicated op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times in 1998, and it still reads like a one-sided polemic. There are some important ideas here, nonetheless, and a strong argument for awarding teachers good ones the status they deserve.
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