Vitti’s default position about teachers is they suck (rough draft)

There have been lots of issues with the new
curriculum. The bottom line is teachers don’t like it and they feel pressured and
micromanaged into implementing it.

Vitti’s response is eventually teachers at high performing
schools with high VAM (Value added) scores will be allowed to deviate from the curriculum
while teachers with low VAM scores and at struggling schools will not.

Oy vey.

First VAM scores are a complicated formula that is
supposed to be predictive of what a child learns over the course of a year are
wildly inaccurate. They are kind of like asking your cat what the weather is
going to be like tomorrow and for the record Captain Slippers says it will be
purrrrfect. It’s a catastrophe that VAM scores are being used for anything more
than lining the cages of birds.

But teachers have to prove themselves too? Veteran teachers
with years of success under their belt, now have to be micromanaged and prove that
they know what they are doing? Are we 12 year olds mowing the lawn for the first
time? Or are we professionals with degrees and lots of training?   

Then what if you work at a low performing school? Then
you are just doomed to be micromanaged forever. Screw creativity, innovation
and vision or all the things that made most people want to be a teacher and
welcome to reading a prepackaged script that you are never allowed to deviate
from.

And all because our superintendent who was a teacher
for a cup of coffee a decade ago doesn’t trust nor understand teachers.



We are never going to reach our potential by tying our teacher’s hands behind their backs, never.

One Reply to “Vitti’s default position about teachers is they suck (rough draft)”

  1. If a teacher is using the Duval Reads curriculum, as directed by the district, few, if any teachers will be able to demonstrate much growth! SCORES WILL BE LOWER THIS YEAR,MUCH LOWER DR. VITTI! And when they are, will you stand up and take the hit? Teachers know you will not. Your teachers know you will most assuredly pass the buck on to them. Your teachers know that you have an agenda OTHER THAN student success in DCPS. Your teachers DO NOT TRUST YOU or the DC SCHOOL BOARD! YOU DO NOT SUPPORT what is best for the students in DCPS. Your Harvard leadership style is negligible to those you "serve."

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