Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his third annual state of the union address. In a speech heavily focused on manufacturing, job training and tax reform, Obama took the time to outline why teachers matter. Our education technology company is committed to many of the same strategies and approaches to education that President Obama shared in his state of the union address. Hopefully between the President and our current Congress they will find ways to overcome their differences when it comes to educating our students.
At a time when other countries are doubling down on education, tight budgets have forced States to lay off thousands of teachers. We know a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000. A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance. Every person in this chamber can point to a teacher who changed the trajectory of their lives. Most teachers work tirelessly, with modest pay, sometimes digging into their own pocket for school supplies – just to make a difference.
Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.
– President Barack Obama, State of the Union 2012