It’s getting harder and harder for teachers to do their jobs

As Peter Greene of “Curmudgucation” puts it, teachers have long wished to ignore bad suggestions from on high, close the door, and teach as well as they can.

That’s no longer possible: bad mandates are now national, state-wide, district-wide, and are imposed by principals who want to stay employed. Every moment of nearly every class is micro-managed, badly.

“Many teachers took quite a while to catch on. A building principal would announce a new bad idea, like test-centered schooling and senseless teacher evaluation systems, and teachers would roll their eyes and prepare to give the administrator a bad time, not understanding that his orders came from far up the food chain. Many teachers assumed they were suffering under local idiocy; it took a while to understand that this was state-and-national level foolishness.”

Then …

“came policies that could easily have been entitled The Just Shut Up And Get These Kids Ready For The Big Standardized Test Act. To teachers’ collective plea for assistance and support came replied like Teach for America and charter schools which said, essentially- “Help you?! We intend to replace you!” And it has come consistently from both parties.”

Greene …

“would argue that there are some positive side effects to the current condition of teaching. For one thing, it demands that you commit and become intentional about your work. When you say you “just want to teach,” what do you mean, exactly? What are the important parts? What does the work mean to you? What is it that you are going to fight for? These are good questions to know the answers to. Focus. Keep your eyes on the real destination as long as you can.

Because teaching is still hugely important work, and the students are hugely important people, and both deserve to have warriors to defend them. Yes, it shouldn’t be this hard, and yes, we are losing a whole generation of teacher might-have-beens because the education landscape has been turned into a dangerous, scary-looking place.”

But try to do so anyway!

Full article here.

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Published in: on August 18, 2018 at 4:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

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