Friday, January 15, 2016

The Delusional Eric Nadelstern Has A Plan To Get A 100% Graduation Rate. What A Joke!



























Once again Eric Nadelstern has published an article about how he would improve the New York City schools, this time by coming up with some lamebrain ideas on how to get a 100% graduation rate for the New York City students.  Yes, the very same Eric Nadelstern who was Deputy Chancellor under Joel Klein and then quit when Mayor Bloomberg selected Cathie Black over him to be Chancellor when Joel Klein was fired by the Mayor.  Yes, the very same Eric Nadelstern who said that two thirds of the teachers were ineffective.  Moreover, who can forget how he gave us the money sucking and useless "Children First Networks" and don't forget his pushing the Superintendents to hire the "Leadership Academy" principals.  Finally, he empowered principals to hire who they pleased and that included teachers not certified to teach in the subject area they were assigned to teach while jettisoning veteran teachers to the ATR pool or the infamous"rubber rooms".

How would Eric Nadelstern get a 100% graduation rate?  His recommendations are listed below:

  1. Reward success and penalize failure. Giving failed schools more money violates this basic principle of effective organizational redesign.
  2. Failed organizations don’t reinvent themselves. That’s equally true in the private sector. Blanketly ruling out school closings is a serious mistake.
  3. Make everyone responsible and accountable for student success. No other metric matters
  4. Devolve responsibility, resources and authority to schools. Centralizing decision making simply lets principals and teachers off the hook for student performance.
  5. Rather than combine schools, we need to create more new schools. No other strategy in the last ten years has yielded more effective student learning results.
  6. Reduce teacher load. Teacher teaming and blended instruction are but two successful approaches that will accomplish this.
  7. Partner with the private sector by encouraging them to establish more successful schools for our children. Competition breeds innovation.
  8. Reform the central office. Schools cannot reform themselves until central does their business differently and stops micromanaging them.
These eight suggestions do not represent the only way to create a new school system structure capable of succeeding with all students. But they do represent a good start. It’s past time to begin this work.

Let's take each recommendation and see what Mr. Nadelestern is really saying?
  1. He ignores the fact that failing schools have large percentages of "high needs" students while his successful schools take a much lower percentage of these students.
  2. Didn't Mr. Nadelstern reinvent the organization with his failed CFN's and making "Leadership Academy" principals CEO's of their schools?  How has that worked out?
  3. Really now?  When did Tweed hold itself accountable?  That statement is laughable.
  4. Under Mr. Nadelstern, school budgets were either frozen or reduced while Tweed saw their budgets increase;  Now Mr, Nadelstern wants it the other way!
  5. We now know the Bloomberg small schools don't work, once they are funded like other schools and couldn't exclude "high needs" students.  Even Bill Gates has realized the small schools are a failure.
  6. Blended learning is a farce and the online courses don't require rigor,  Moreover, the blended learning allows schools to hire fewer teachers and instead of reducing teacher load will increase it with a smaller staff.
  7.  Sounds like a pseudo charter school approach and will result in a high teacher turnover and reduction in "due process rights".
  8. I agree.  However, when Eric Nadelstern was second in command, why didn't he implement it?
Memo to Eric Nadelstern.  You had your chance to reinvent the DOE and the little you did was a disaster and even if your recommendations were put into practice, you never did explain how this will improve the graduation rate?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Nadelstern article reads like a plea for a job. It's pitiful.

Anonymous said...

Give Nadelstern a piece of chalk and tell him, "Show me." I'm 20 years in and can see the light although it's distant. I will one day say these words to a "suit", but you know, with three children, a mortgage and a blah blah blah, I'm waiting for my last year; it's just the way I have to play it, but it will be said. Other than that, Nadelstern and the others (you know who I'm talking about) have NOTHING on the teachers in the classroom who hustle like hell inside and outside the classroom to help the "kids" of NYC. F--- it! Eric, why don't you and the others man or woman up and get back to a place where you can close the door and TEACH, MAKE AN IMPACT, PERFORM SOME MAGIC, EDUCATE, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, INSTRUCT, BESTOW WISDOM and ATTEMPT TO LEAVE THE CITY AND WORLD A BETTER PLACE instead of talking and critiquing behind the proverbial desk! SMH.

Rita Cat said...

Lower the standard enough and everyone will pass. That is what most schools are headed toward anyway.

Anonymous said...

Anon9:58, well said. It's time to tell the platoon of wind bag desk jockies to put up or shut up.

Anonymous said...

Great post chaz! Eric Nadelstern is a hypocrite who cared little about the students or the schools for that matter. It was all about his philosophy that had nothing to do with better schools.

Anonymous said...

another moron who has NO Clue what sort of high needs students most teachers are facing! Let him teach for a year in one of the worst schools in the city and then let him eat his words.

Anonymous said...

So true Rita Cat! Students are in regular ed classed in high school but yet can't read beyond first grade level! And they are put in double period classes which do little except frustrate both teacher and students. But they will pass English and graduate - after taking the ELA as many times as possible.

Anonymous said...

Eric still upset. Ah hahaaaaaa what a oathetic loser. Eric, cmon get a life dude. Go on a one way cruise. This guy still gets press? How those networks going Eric. You dirtbag!

Anonymous said...

http://nypost.com/2016/01/17/my-year-of-terror-and-abuse-teaching-at-a-nyc-high-school/

YES. WE LOVE IT.

Bronx ATR said...

http://nypost.com/2016/01/17/my-year-of-terror-and-abuse-teaching-at-a-nyc-high-school/

His year is a typical day for most of us. I haven't laughed that hard since the last Benny Hill marathon. Let's all go out and get book deals.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should write our books and flood the market with our experiences, cause as of right now, the public has no idea how bad it truly it... So yes let's get to writing!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My over-crowded 'high-needs' school is currently enrolling waves of Central American 'refugees' weekly. It appears that many of them have no concept what school is. They are also largely illiterate in their indigenous languages and especially in Spanish. Nadelstern, what magic can I brew up to make such 16 and 17 year olds pass the English Common Core coming this June?

More PD you say? Differentiation? How about Scaffolding or rigor? Huh?