Why are teaching Assistants needed?
There is more material to learn in the same 180 days that you attended school. What you learned in high school is now being taught in the elementary schools. Do you recall taking a computer class when you were in high school. Yes, students are still learning the basics. That is English, Math and Science. How do you think students are attending early college? Do you recall taking end of grade tests (EOG)? Students have to be prepared for this! And if there were 40-50 students in a class when you were in school then I'll bet you it is double that now. Because that 40-50 have an average of 2.5 children attending public schools.
Teachers are required to have grade level planning time and meetings in order prepare students for end of grade tests. Lesson plans have to be made. We have children who attend school who have disabilities and those that act that way.
And you ask what do teaching assistants do? They monitor the class and assist students who don't understand while others can continue with the lesson. They work individually and in small groups so that "no child is left behind". Some are required to work one on one with those with disabilities.
So I ask you, would you want to be a Teacher without an Assistant?
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