Sunday, May 29, 2016
Why Teaching Is A Dangerous Occupation At Renewal Schools.
One of the most overlooked aspects of teaching at a renewal school is how potentially dangerous it is to be a teacher at these struggling schools. In today's New York Post, there was a story about a teacher who dared tried to defend herself from a violently aggressive student and was removed from the classroom and assigned to the "rubber room" at Queens Plaza North for the rest of the school year and possibly subject to 3020-a termination charges.
The violently aggressive male student who threatened the female teacher with assault was given a mere 5 day removal from his class and will be back in his classroom next week. Before the social justice crap took over the New York City schools this student would have received a Superintendent's suspension and sent to another school. Just think what kind of message this sends to the students at Flushing High School? Threaten a teacher with physical harm, get a response and the teacher is gone and you're a hero to the other misbehaving students at the school. I spent one year at Flushing High School back in 2011-12 school year and I can tell you I was happy to leave. Read my description Here.
It's not just Flushing High School, it's all the renewal schools that teachers are under assault and many choose to leave as quickly as possible. My good friend NYC educator doesn't think social justice is crap, However when students can disrupt, threaten, and physically assault teachers, knowing full well that they only have to sit through a restorative justice circle session or get a warning card that they consider a joke and not worry about being suspended, sent to a different school, or arrested, then social justice is crap because it adds stress to the educational process, it hurts teacher instruction, student learning, and makes the school environment unsafe for all.
Speaking of renewal schools. The Principal of Automotive High School, Caterina Lafergola, is leaving to become a Principal at Baldwin high school in Long Island. What possessed this suburb to hire a failed NYC Principal who has lots of baggage is beyond me? Then again the Baldwin school system did gives us the infamous James Brown didn't they and failed to tell the DOE about his past? I pity the parents, students, and especially the veteran teachers of the high school with her as Principal. Then again, maybe there is a silver lining, Automotive high school might actually improve since its addition by subtraction unless the DOE puts another unqualified Leadership Academy Principal in charge of the struggling school.
Remember at the DOE its still "children last"..Always.