an article in the Times Union about Teach for America, Superintendent Vitti
said: “We know our problems or challenges are not the kids,” Vitti
said. ”Our challenge is putting great teachers in front over every child every
day. …. Teach for America is part of our human capital strategy.”
Because friends it sometimes is the kids, kids that are bored or overwhelmed,
who are angry or apathetic, kids that never received a consequence for bad
behavior or kids that grow up in neighborhoods wracked with poverty, but you
know who shows up day in and day out regardless of what type of kids are in the
class, their teachers that’s who. Teachers who do their best despite often being under appreciated,
marginalized, overworked and not given the resources they need to succeed.
statement was pretty emphatic.
only abut twenty-five percent stay for a third year it is an absolutely terrible
Superintendent Vitti you may not know it but we have
thousands of great teachers who show up every day and who have many great
challenges one of which is having a leader who does not respect them.
So sir, sometimes it is the kids, but sometimes it is leadership or a lack of it as well.