Thursday, February 06, 2014
The Daily News Trashes ATRs With A Propaganda Article That Smacks Of Yellow Journalism.
The Daily News published an article that in its print edition called ATRs "bad teachers" and that principals find them "undesirable" for their school. The trash article made it seem that ATRs are unwanted and damaged and will hurt student learning. How wrong the article is. The inaccurate article with the byline of Corinne Lestch and supported by that "hard working reporter", Ben Chapman, the Daily News education reporters smacks of another case of "yellow journalism". These so-called "education reporters" failed to print the truth, like usual.
The real truth is that principals fail to hire ATRs because of the "fair student funding" formula that requires principals to hire the "cheapest" not the "best teachers" for their school so as not to hurt their tight budget. Nowhere in the terrible Daily News article is there even a mention of the "fair student funding" formula and its effect on hiring as a result. In addition, the Daily News article omitted that the New York City schools have suffered funding losses and had their budgets reduced by an average of 14% since 2008 while class sizes rose to their highest in years. Furthermore, these sloppy reporters failed to notice that the ATR pool is populated with senior teachers with the average age in the 50s. Wouldn't a good reporter look into the "age factor"as the reason that principals don't want these teachers in their schools? These senior ATRs bring with them an institutional memory of what teaching is about and what teachers can or cannot do under the teachers contract. Why hire a teacher that says "why" when given a command that seems in violation of good teaching while a "newbie" will say "high high"? This is especially true of those "Leadership Academy Principals" who bought into the Joel Klein propaganda. Finally, the Daily News failed to question the uselessness of the ATR rotation system that wastes money and hursts students who are deprived of some very experienced "quality teachers". Interestingly, the Daily News forgot to include the hundreds of guidance counselors, social workers, assistant principals, and secretaries. The number is over 2,000 and the money wasted is close to $160 million dollars annually. My proposal on what to do with the ATR pool can be found Here.
The Daily News article was one-sided, inaccurate, and simply "yellow journalism" and as a recipient of their poor "fact checking" skills and ideological bent, it didn't surprise me one bit that the Daily News article only presented the Bloomberg/Klein/Walcott side of the issue and not what's actually going on in the New York City public schools. Shame on the Daily News education reporters for buying into the pseudo-reform propaganda and is just another piece of "yellow journalism" at the expense of the truth
I guess for the Daily News education reporters it's ideology first and children last. What happened to honest and balanced reporting in the education beat? Apparently, it doesn't exist when it comes to the Daily News education reporters.
P.S. I have been informed that the Daily News is doing a "follow up article" on the ATR issue for tomorrow's paper. I'm sure there will be more half truths, an ideological slant, and outright lies about the ATRs. Can't wait. I also believe we we see the New York Post and the New York Times do the same in the coming weeks.