Of course we’ve all thought it at one time or another. I’ve been thinking it aggressively for five years now. It’s why I’ve set up my tutoring business the way I have. But Zeke Vanderhoek is actually getting it done, and my hat’s off to him.
I quote: “The money, as funny as this may sound, is not about the money. The money is a signifier. Because money, in our culture, is a signifier of how jobs are valued, and right now schools are telling teachers that they are not valued. The great and talented people who go into teaching are incentive-ized in every possible way to leave the classroom for jobs in administration or jobs outside of schools altogether. What we are trying to do is reverse those incentives. We want the best teachers to keep on teaching, to be challenged and valued.”
I just wish I’d had what it took to do it myself.