Saturday, June 09, 2007

Improve Now! I Need Money!


Thursday's staff development included about an hours worth of time looking at our schools' report card in relationship to our peer schools. Suit first tried to stress how improvement meant more money. He quickly caught himself before the teachers could call him on the fact that more money meant big performance bonuses for him and the other ap's but nothing for us. He tried to emphasize that more money would be coming into the school. He quickly said that more money could not reduce class size since we had no place in the building to put additional classes. I wanted to ask him if any of the money would be used to repair the trailers (fetid puddles, leaking roofs, improperly functioning bathrooms,...) but I held my tongue. I already opened my mouth earlier and got the look of death from him. Was he going to provide more security? Was he going to find spots where teachers can actually work during the day? Was he going to do anything that would directly help a teacher and encourage us to improve the report card? And he talked quickly, so no one could question how the money would be spent. Most teachers work hard. They do their best every day to help their students. This new rating system means nothing to us and I resent this extra burden being put on us daily.

5 comments:

Ms. Tsouris said...

It's the usual dog-and-pony show. We're the dogs, and the kids are little show ponies. Look how well they perform so Suit and all the sycophantic Suitettes can get their performance bonuses. The truth is, the system is going to the dogs. As a matter of fact, many dogs' everyday life has more quality than the kids who go to Packeminandscrewem High School. Maybe someone will get malaria from the fetid puddles where mosquitoes can breed. Teachers like you are doing a great job in spite of the third world working conditions that you are forced to work in.

On the Edge said...

What riles me is that the public blames educators for the problems of our system. When, oh when will administrators like this be exposed for what they really are?

Myrtle Hocklemeier said...

The public blames who it comes into contact with. From online conversations that I've seen it's not clear to me that parents see that there might be a relationship between the administration's abuse of the children and the fact that, maybe, just maaayybe faculty gets abused as well.

CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

Your resentment is justified. Why should you work harder to line Suit's pockets?

NYC Educator said...

Great points. I couldn't agree more.