Blame mayoral control for bad teachers

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Do not blame public school teachers for the drop in test scores. They have no control over curriculum and education policy. Almost every detail of their professional experiences is dictated to them.

They have little or no independence of choice over teaching instructional methods or style. They are choked by mandates and lockstep orders. If the arrangement of desks in their classroom or the color of paper on their bulletin boards is not to the liking of their supervisors, they can be found insubordinate unless they show repentance by conformity.

They can go through the motions of filing a grievance, but that grievance procedure will not save them because the city Department of Education representatives have been instructed to invariably side with management.

Teachers typically have no influence over budget decisions or the allocation of materials and resources. Educators are an endangered species at the DOE. They have been replaced by MBAs and lawyers.

Many senior managers at headquarters and in schools are hardly old enough to vote. All this dates from the “glory” years of mayoral control.

By all means hold teachers accountable, but first give them the means to do the job.

Ron Isaac

Fresh Meadows

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confused from queens says:
Why is it when students do not learn, the teachers are to blame, but never the parents. I had some horrible teachers, ones who only went to college to avoid Vietname, but I learned because of parental encouragement. Teachers are not meant to be a substiture for parents.
Sept. 4, 2013, 10:34 am
marie from queens says:
Teachers nor some parents should not be blamed. The system that is under the control of Bloomberg should be the ones to take the blame. With millions of dollars in education cuts and so many school closings, you can only blame the state who can care less for the children of the city's public school system. If there were more funding for after school programs and remedial classess and the end of school closings plus these outrageous state tests that the state recognize as absolutely twisted and not representing the schools curriculum, which they have admitted to the failure of these state tests, plus children missing school because of homelessness which is a major factor in childrens ability to function, MAYBE, things can change for the better for our NYC public school students. The state or should I say Mr. Doomberg, would much rather write checks for millionares to open an arena in Brooklyn for the Nets than spending millions on the childrens needs in NYC. Shameful and unconstitutional and it violates the childrens rights to a free education. The state, the federal government and Mr. Doomberg should take the blame and stop pointing the finger at others and take responsibility for their failure to our NYC public schools students and start firing those involved in the decisions of their actions towards the Bd of Ed and someone new should step in and make reforms. This is the United States of America and this is supposed to be the best and richest country in the world and its a god damn shame what the government is doing to our children especially poor minority students. Its outrages and against the law to violate their rights. Something has to be done. Maybe suing the government would be a great start!!!
Sept. 8, 2013, 12:10 pm

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