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As you read the note below imagine the frustration and angst the teacher must be feeling wanting to what’s best for their students but not being able to, instead stopped by a system that wants to try out the latest new thing. Here is a hint, there is always a latest new thing.
My name is xxxx xxxxx, and my dad told me about your blog and I wanted to reach out.
This is my 10th year teaching. I am at a very high frustration level with Duval county and their i-ready kick. I have seen it frustrate my 1st grade students, my daughter and other teachers, including myself. I know enough about what is developmentally appropriate and what isn’t to know this is not. This is going to come and go, but take a lot of students down in the mean time. I refuse to let this take place any longer.
Not only is it not following the curriculum we are teaching, but our teacher EOY Eval. scores are based on what the students do on this program. It has nothing to do with what we are teaching them, but yet our score will be based on them clicking a button!
We are supposed to be implementing 2nd grade reading in a 1st grade class and 1st grade reading in a kindergarten class…..there’s something wrong with this. My class average went down after just assessing them 2 weeks on the fry words the district is wanting us to use, which of course are not 1st grade level. So, I am going against what the other teachers are doing and what is “required” of me because I REFUSE to see students suffer for no reason and give them words that are not developmentally appropriate. Including my own child.
Why do teachers sit back and not stand up for what is right? I don’t understand? I would love to blog, start a petition, anything to get this madness to stop. Something has to be done. What can I do and who should I go to? Thank you.
They ask a good question at the end. People don’t come to me first. They raise their hand at faculty meetings, they voice their concerns at department ones. Teachers I believe want to work with the system but what are they supposed to do when the system starts hurting the children it is supposed to help?
our public schools we could really do a lot of good for our children.
Northwestern University just completed a study that said class size helps and
helps a lot. Unfortunately Florida has gutted the class size amendment to the point
it is nearly unrecognizable.
all new teachers leave in five years but the Florida legislature seems to be intent
to do whatever it can to handicap the profession. Not only our Florida’s
teachers some of the worst paid in the nation but we have saddled them with
evaluations, tied to pay based on the junk science of Value Added Measurements which
the Department of Education even admits are wrong more than a third of the time.
teaching to the test. If we paid teachers a competitive wage and allowed them
to be creative and innovative and didn’t saddle them with an evaluation system no
one thinks is valid and a punitive test then immediately we would both attract
and retain more teachers.
ignoring it and blaming teachers for not being able to overcome it. How about we helped instead by putting in
measures that mitigate poverty like smaller classes, a longer school year and
wrap around services for our neediest children.
and vouchers. Despite advantages charters perform worse than public schools and
the system is set up so we have no idea how vouchers are doing. That should infuriate everyone.
almost everything we do does the opposite.
the children” or “what if we put the children’s needs first” and people who
have legitimate concerns or questions will slink away. It’s as if those two
phrases give them justification to say or do whatever they want. Here is what
happens when we put those words with some of the byproducts of Florida’s school
for the children.
do, is putting the needs of the children first.
and financially, because it is what is best for the children.
the children and putting their needs first.
what most school choice schools do, hey that’s best for them too.
substandard options, like charters and vouchers, many of which are for profit.
he criticizes Wayne Blanton the outgoing head of the School Board Association
who has spent a lifetime serving children and like most educators do putting their
needs first, when he asks what if we put the needs of the children first.
NAACP, the League of Women voters and many other organizations took vouchers to
court they didn’t do so because they see children as FTE money they did so because
they are putting the needs of all our children first.
are bad for democracy.
as a group and despite advantages perform worse than their public school
and academic accountability.
that is putting the needs of children first but what it really is, is privatization
and it’s bad for our children.
type this I am wearing my favorite Florida tee. This however is not about
football rivalries it’s about the hypocrisy of FSU president, John “golden
rule, he who has the gold makes the rules” Thrasher. That’s a quote from him by
for his entire career, but then refused to drop out of his race for senate even
though his appointment at Tallahassee was all but assured. At the same time he
is getting a hundreds of thousands of dollars raise, he is costing the tax
payers of Florida hundreds of thousands of dollars, the cost of his and several
other special elections that him not dropping out has created.
teachers, he accepted tenure from the trustees at Florida State. Apparently
what is good for the golden goose is not good for the ganders.
Jimbo Fisher an eight year contract. I
won’t argue that he deserves job security, I believe everybody does if they do
a good job but I would like to point out that now teachers do not have any.
Since 2011 all new teachers hired and all veteran teachers that want to switch
to the merit pay plan (none that I know of) can now be fired at the end of the
school year for any reason or for no reason because none has to be given. This
is what John Thrasher through his teaching profession kneecapping Senate bill
736 has created. Successful football coach, 8 years, successful teachers, year
marginalized and neglected while football and hypocrisy reign supreme.
to Thrasher I have a lot of company.
More and more charter schools, usually part of for profit chains have changed their business models. Ditching innovation, they have started opening schools in affluent neighborhoods. In my home town of Jacksonville we have approved charter schools down the street form A schools and this despite our superintendent publicly lamenting the loss of resources. I believe privately he doesn’t care.
The concept of charters is an attractive one, parent/teacher driven laboratories of innovation. The reality is many have become for profit schools that care first about the bottom line, that don’t offer anything approaching innovation and that as a group perform worse.
Opening up a charter school should be more difficult than filling out boxes on an application and having bought off a few politicians. They should at the very least offer something the surrounding schools are not. They should have local teachers and parents collaborating together to develop programs rather than using the regurgitated programs presented by chains and I don’t believe they should be for profit. All the resources available should be put into the schools not into some far off connected business man’s bank account.
The idea of charter schools has a place, a role to play as a supplement to public education where the reality of what they have become should be regulated to the dist bin of bad ideas.
children than their public school counter parts http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/charter-schools-enroll-fewer-disabled-
recent news reports indicate they have a rough time going. By themselves the
examples below show a callousness towards the plight and needs of disabled
children but when taken together they show a disturbing pattern of neglect
towards our most needy children.
said hurricane Katrina was the best thing that could have happened, and other
for their charter schools recently lost a law suit where they admitted they had
not been providing services to disabled children. From the Times Picayune.
Department, Orleans Parish School Board and Southern Poverty Law Center asked
federal Judge Jay Zainey on Friday (Dec. 19) to approve a settlement in a landmarkspecial education suit. Plaintiffs
said the Louisiana Department of Education and Orleans Parish School Board
did not adequately educate children with disabilities in the fragmented
network of charter and district schools that sprung up in New Orleans after
is attempting to take over an entire district and in doing so plan massive cuts
to ESE staffs. From the York Dispatch:
example, the staffing matrix included in the proposed contract presented to the
school board showed a plan for 16 special-education teachers district-wide.
William Penn Senior High School alone.
employs 68 special-education teachers, according to information recently
provided by Superintendent Eric Holmes.
services but never did. From State Impact: A StateImpact
shows most charter schools in
schools do not have any students classified as severely disabled.
laws that require charter schools to give equal access to these students.