aren’t given a fair shake. They often have to go to the toughest schools and
the hardest classrooms because that’s where the jobs are and there many
flounder. Then they get micromanaged and bombarded with paper work that often has
little to do with teaching. I have no
doubt many would succeed if they were put into classrooms without the discipline
problems and academic short comings and where parents were involved.
where success is likely and then either they get burned out and leave or we don’t
give them the time to develop into the great teachers they otherwise would be.
conversation with the Times Union’s editors he said he may need 5 to 7 years to
get Jacksonville to where it should be and I believe hm. In the past I would often write
how the successor to Ed Pratt-Dannals would need years to dig us out from the hole
he created and where I am also optimistic about Vitti my assesment hasn’t changed.
Vitti has also done some things that
make me scratch my head and there seems to be a disconnect from his message
that teachers are to be treated as valued colleagues by principals rather than
as easily replaceable cogs but the short is he’s been there for less than a
year and I am not ready to give up on him because like most young teachers don’t, he probably still doesn’t know
what he doesn’t know.
get the time to learn and improve while many teachers won’t. In a recent
article in the Times Union he said he was considering firing the principals and
half the staffs at schools that don’t turn their schools around. He didn’t make
it sound like they had 5 to 7 years either. One and done was the impression
that the article gave.
if I go to work and don’t produce I can be let go at a moment’s notice and I
concede that point but what if your job was building a bike while riding it….
In the rain… while blind folded, or what I like to call teaching, wouldn’t you
hope for some leeway?
resources and support aren’t always able to overcome the dehibilitating effects
of poverty. They aren’t always able to overcome apathetic or absent parents or
grumbling stomachs because kids are hungry or shaking legs because kids are
scared. They aren’t always able to overcome a system which sets up so many for
failure and sucks the joy of learning out of them with such an emphasis on high
for this or call them failures and threaten their jobs but I thank them because
I shudder when I think about where these kids, as behind as they are, would be
Then think about this who in their right mind would want to go to work at a
school that had just fired half its staff? Wouldn’t they constantly be
thinking am I next? Who needs that? When the economy turns around nobody will.
get it we want results and we want them now, but since he knows results despite hard work don’t always show up over night I hope the super wouldn’t
ask of teachers what he wouldn’t be willing to give up himself.