Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Good reminder of some of the problems with public schools

A Teacher Story: Why I'm Leaving Public Education is fascinating.  A season teacher got tired of playing the games.  She refused to put pressure on her students to focus on "the test."  She had taught four years in inner-city Pittsburgh yet the school principal gave her a bad time.  Finally she quit. 

Her story starts with:

I’ve had a radical change of heart recently. Those who worked with me in my previous position as an Instructional Coach (helping teachers to improve instruction and overcome difficulties with high-needs students) must be shocked by the links I am posting online. They might say that now that I’m back in the classroom, I don’t want to practice what I preached. They’d be at least partly right.

Wasn’t I the one reassuring other teachers that Colorado’s new teacher evaluations, based 50% on student test scores, was exactly what was needed to bring credibility and respect back into the teaching profession? Wasn’t I the one who said, “Merit pay? Bring it on! I’ll be makin’ the big bucks!” Yep, that was me. It was frustrating to work with some teachers who didn’t seem to care about their huge responsibility for educating our youth. Reforming tenure and paying teachers based on their efforts made sense to me, at least in theory.

I tried to reassure the teachers I worked with that they were great teachers who had nothing to worry about, and ignored the nagging voice in the back of my head that said it wasn’t so simple –like what about Special Education teachers? I’d worked with one who had a huge case-load of kids, including Jose, a boy with autism who struggled socially and academically but was a gifted artist. I had offered to help Jose’s teacher administer the CSAP (Colorado’s standardized test) because she had so many students that required special accommodations.
This is a great reminder of some of the problems with government schools.

Hat tip: The Libertarian Homeschooler


Anonymous said...

The link doesn't work.

Henry Cate said...

Weird, I tried it once and it didn't work. I tried it a second time and it worked.

essay writer said...

I agree with Anonymous. Link doesn't work...

Henry Cate said...

It seems to be working now.