Sunday, February 11th, 2007

The remarkable thing about teachers is that very few of them are on record to have gone completely insane in class.

I just love this lead sentence from this article, it made me laugh. The overall point of the article is that teachers need to be paid better, particularly in Ghana. This is true in the United States as well, and the author says it is also true in the UK.

Education is the foundation of economic success for any country. It is what built the economic power of the United States. And that power has only been damaged by successive Republican efforts to damage or destroy public education.

One reason for Ghana’s success has been its public education system. But that system is way underfunded and has remained somewhat stagnant. And because not everyone can afford school fees, a lot of Ghana’s talent and potential is never realized. Low salaries are a push out factor for teachers, as they are for other professionals. A serious national effort to promote and fund free universal public education would make Ghana an economic powerhouse in Africa.

Here is Uganda’s Ragga Dee in Oyagala Cash. There is some good dancing here, as well as a few chuckles.

You can read some biographical information, and an interview with Ragga Dee here.