Thursday, August 01, 2013
Why It's Important To Be In A Good School With The Teacher Evaluation System. Unless You Want To Be Terminated.
Looming on the horizon is the New York State teacher evaluation system that will be a "house of cards" and eventually collapse, Unfortunately, when this does happen (2016-17?) the damage to the teaching profession will have been . done. Many veteran teachers, eligible.to retire will leave the school system and the "newbies" will realize that teaching is no longer their calling and leave for a less stressful and more rewarding professional office position. Worse, I foresee a large increase in experienced teachers who will be rated "ineffective" and get terminated, not because of their teaching ability but because of the "junk science" used and the student population they inherit.
Worse, is the new discipline policy that is being implemented which will further erode teacher authority as school administrators will find any excuse not to suspend a disruptive student and lay the blame on the teacher for poor classroom management. Moreover, in schools with large percentages of special education students and English language learners, add the high poverty associated with many of these schools and the poor discipline codes, the result will be that many of these teachers will be under fire and rated poorly under the flawed teacher evaluation system. This is especially true where student discipline is a school wide issue. For example please read Marc Epstein's insightful article on the school discipline issue among other school problems under Mayor Bloomberg that has resulted in the destruction of many schools by loading them up with "high needs" students until they eventually close
It's obvious to me that unless you are in a good school with supportive administration, an educationally sound student body, and engaged parents who provide adult supervision and support for their children, the teacher will be in big trouble under the teacher evaluation system. So think twice before accepting a position in a school that does not meet the three criteria listed above. Under no circumstance should you accept a position in a school that fails to meet any one of the three criteria, especially if a "Leadership Academy Principal" is in charge unless you want to be terminated in two years. Its not about better teachers, its about getting better students if a teacher is going to survive the badly flawed and rigged teacher evaluation system.