Veterans are proving themselves in the classroom, notes an AP story in the Boston Globe.
BOISE, Idaho — Within a year, Luke Miller went from raiding insurgent strongholds in Iraq’s volatile Anbar province to preparing math final exams for seventh- and eighth-graders at West Junior High School.
During a pre-algebra class before school broke for the summer, Miller drew on his Iraqexperiences to demonstrate the calculation for rate-of-speed, using the example of a soldier lost in the desert who must accelerate his pace to reunite with his platoon.
Some veterans take advantage of Troops to Teachers, which helps them become certified as teachers and provides a $5,000 stipend, plus another $10,000 for those who teach in high-need areas.
The program has produced 9,000 teachers nationally. More than 75 percent are still teaching — a rate that far outpaces traditional teacher retention of less than 50 percent, according to a 2002 University of Pennsylvania study cited by the group.
While men and minorities are underrepresented in the national applicant pool of teachers — only 18 percent male, and 15 percent minority — military teachers placed by Troops to Teachers are overwhelmingly men; about 37 percent are minorities.
Veterans bring maturity and “effective discipline techniques,” school officials say.
Of course, some military veterans find today’s schools maddeningly undisciplined. I know from e-mails I’ve received.
Darren at Right on the Left Coast, a high school math teacher, is a vet. I’m not sure about other teacher-bloggers.