Thursday, January 16, 2014
Will The De Blasio Administration Eliminate the "Gotcha Mentality" At Tweed?
One of the most anticipated changes that students, parents, and teachers are waiting for is a change of tone at the DOE. Under Bloomberg and his non-educator Chancellors, the DOE practiced a "gotcha mentality", that ignored students, made parents powerless, and demoralized teachers as the classroom became a more hostile environment. However, there is hope of change coming to the DOE as Bill De Blasio, running as the anti-Bloomberg, selected a long-term educator, Carmen Farina to become Chancellor. While her first real test was a disappointment, there's hope that in the coming months real change will occur at the DOE. While I for one, hope the new Chancellor cleans house and replaces the non-educators at Tweed with respected educators who understand the classroom and reduce the bureaucratic bloat.
According to UFT President, Michael Mulgrew at yesterday's UFT Delegate Assembly, he told the gathering that many at the DOE were apologizing for the things they were forced to do under Bloomberg. We'll see if that's true and the "gotcha system" actually disappears. However, its going to be very difficult to unravel the damage done by Bloomberg to the NYC schools. I would add more to this post about the abuses we educators suffered under Bloomberg's thumb but I leave it up to my friend, colleague, and columnist, Marc Epstein who wrote an article that recaps the Bloomberg years of destruction and vindictiveness in the DOE and the effects on the New York City Public School System and is a must read. Here.