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No reform here either. District administrators are finding ways to spend the money on everything but teacher students. Public school isn't for every student anyway. Give vouchers so parents can decide where their student would do best. Sadly, students who are poor, black, disabled, or English as a second language get even less access to challenging curriculum. You can tell that because of the low scores on their state standardized testing.
Underinovated, underflexible, underchallenged, undercreative, undercompared, underassessed, underaccountable, underfreeenterprise, under a lot of things. I have spoken to too many teachers who bristle at any mention of change, improvement, innovation, shared creativity.
Like so many things... the problems in little league are the parents, the problems in Boy Scouting are the adult leaders, and the problems in education... Well it's not the kids. Its the adults in the system, who have sold themselves on a vision of their job, that leads them to believe that underpayment of adults is the cause of under performance of the kids. No one calls them on it. No one holds them responsible, and the union protects the teachers from improvement, not the kids from poor education.
Sorry to ruffle feathers. But having just finished 8 months in a public school observing for research purposes, this experience is NOT the exception.
Americans are naive to believe that there is such a thing as a clean and tidy revolution. But there never has been. The changes our kids need require a revolution and it won't be pretty. But it would be effective. Chances of it happening? Next to none. Chances for our kids, same.
While it is a known fact that public education is underfunded, the issue of true reform is a much larger problem. To reform our public schools, there must be more oversight on how those funds are spent.
Our school systems have become for-profit machines where administrations are better staffed than the teaching staff. But in the end, teachers are put in front of the NCLB firing squad when their students don't "test" well. Administrators still drive their Mercedes home with their 6 figure salaries, unscathed.
Additionally, the administrative mentality must change. Students are, after all, children- children are never "lost causes". However, administrations weed out children as young as 5 years old and label them as such. These kids are not helped and often end up kicked out of the system.
NCLB needs some serious work to improve our schools. While it's a start, "teaching the test" is now the public school administrator's way of cutting costs. These kids need to learn - not memorize test facts. Yet, because of lack of oversight and enforcement, schools continue to do as they please, as cheaply as they can, to look as if they are performing well.
At one time, our public schools were institutions overseen by "We the People". But somewhere along the line, they became exempt from answering to those of us who pay their salaries.
Your education will always be with you... a Master's degee is a significant accomplishment to be very proud of. It sounds like you will find your way in whatever you set out to do. In Oz, Dorothy had to find her way home... she had alot of adventures, anything in life is kind of like Oz, scary things, new things, old things, things to say goodbye to, and things to say hello to.
This might seem to make no sense especially if you never saw the Wizard of Oz, but you will find your way! No one can take your education away from you!
No. It takes teachers believing in what they're doing to inspire reform in a school or classroom.
Yes, we CAN ...RETIRE these words: school reform.
Come into this century please and stop all the drones from these "quick" costly fixes that accomplish more pain not GAIN! We need a new shift in education.
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Best wishes to you and your colleagues.
The stimulus money will arrive too late to save teachers from being laid off in my Oregon school district. More money will have a negligible effect on educational reform just as it has had little effect on changing the bad behaviors which caused the “recession”. Educational reform comes from encouraging innovation, identifying best practices and influencing behaviors. It is a process that respects the unique individuality and creativity of independent schools without imposing top down standards like NCLB. Imagine a better system where the best teachers lead the reform effort with the blessings of supportive communities.
Idaho's Republican governor and legislature will not use all of the stimulus funds and would rather cut the already bare bones education budget. Their assault on public education continues. It is hard to even consider reform with huge classes getting larger and some of the lowest teacher incomes in the country being cut further.
LAUSD is planning to spread the stimulus money over 2 years, so it won't save any jobs for teachers. Although my job is safe at this moment, the 6 teachers at risk at my site are among the best and the brightest. The thought of their being replaced by administrators that have been out of the classroom by choice or neccessity makes me grieve for public education in Los Angeles. The need for enthusiasm and fresh thinking has never been greater.