Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Michael Mulgrew's Fantasyland.
Here will go again. UFT President Michael Mulgrew continues to claim that everything is looking up and teacher morale is improving with the De Blasio/Farina administration not tying to fire everybody. I laughed loudly when I read what our UFT President Michael Mulgrew stated that things are getting better for New York City teachers. According to the Civil Service Newspaper, The Chief, Michael Mulgrew said the following:
"There is a growing momentum and motivation in the schools"
Mr. Mulgrew pointed out how only 21.7% of "newbie teachers" left the schools within three years in 2010-11 school year compared to 33% who left in the 2005-2006 school year. What Mr. Mulgrew deliberately left out was that the 2010-11 school year was in the depths of a recession, while 2005-06 was a year of relative prosperity. Of course many teachers stayed in the profession because of lack of jobs during the recession. My question is how did the numbers change over the last two school years as we escaped the recession with an ever improving economy?
How can Michael Mulgrew claim that things are better in the schools? Has he even bothered to talk to classroom teachers outside his inner circle of cronies? I doubt it. NYC Educator posted a similar article on this issue and is a must read. Let's look at the issues that Michael Mulgrew chose to ignore and why nothing has really changed when it comes to the teachers in the trenches.
First, Chancellor Carmen Farina stated that 400 Principals should not be running their schools. However, only a handful have actually been removed and only when the media gets involved like at John Dewey High School. Why is Michael Mulgrew silent about Namita Dwarka of William Cullen Bryant High School who destroys careers of veteran teachers and hurts the students of the school?
Second, why hasn't Michael Mulgrew use his influence with Chancellor Carmen Farina to eliminate the "fair student funding" that forces principals to hire the "cheapest and not the best teachers" for the schools? Does he really care?
Third, Why did Michael Mulgrew make ATRs into second class citizens with reduced "due process rights" and no mutual consent? How do you think their morale is? I guess under Michael Mulgrew "the beatings will continue until morale improves".
Finally, most teachers despise the Common Core and the junk science that goes with it but if you oppose Common Core and its badly flawed implementation, Michael Mulgrew will punch you in the face.
While Michael Mulgrew's love affair with Chancellor Carmen Farina continues its still a very hostile classroom environment for the teachers but you wouldn't guess it listening to our UFT President. To Michael Mulgrew its fantasyland where all good dreams come true while its a never ending nightmare for the teachers in the trenches.