Sunday, November 18, 2007
What is DOE's Idea Of A Good Teacher?
It is becoming very obvious that the DOE's idea of a good teacher has the following qualities.
1. Less than 5 years of experience (cheap).
2. Works on mindless test preparation.
3. Never questions a Principal's decision.
4. Do extra work without compensation.
5. Healthy and takes few days off.
6. Quits before the City pays a pension.
This is the main reason that the national test scores have remained stagnant the last five years.
However, there are other reasons for the stagnant teat schools. For example, the vast majority of the teachers reassigned to the "rubber room" are 45 or older. The very veteran teachers that can make a difference in the classroom. Instead, there are over 750 teachers currently reassigned and the numbers are increasing daily. As I have said previously, only 10% really belong there.
Further, many veteran teachers still in the classroom no longer challenge the students for fear of being accused of inappropriate behavior. Remember, the DOE philosophy is that students lie....except when it is about their teacher.
Finally, the quality of principals have deteriorated and many of them are vindictive and insecure. These principals want young, inexperienced teachers who when the principal says jump, they respond high high? While the experienced teacher would say why?
I see an acceleration of this process by the DOE with the end result of little or no academic progress, an increase in "rubber room" teachers, and a mass retirement in the next five years.
The DOE's idea of a good teacher? An inexperienced and cheap teacher who will leave the system before they are pension eligible. As for the rest of us. I guess it's time to count the days before retirement.