Saturday, November 22, 2008

They Suck Out Our Hearts and Souls

The following is a comment Justice left after reading one of my posts. The school system has sucked my heart out also. I get through by concentrating on the kids I am working with, by the kids who come by to share their successes and by hugs I (I know, I should not be taking them) they give me in the halls as they pass me by.

How can I be "human" when I am being treated inhumanly?How can I show compassion when I am treated with contempt?It seems to me that by introducing this "corporate model" of and increasingly privatized public school system "humanity" is not a factor.

You should've have seen with the reverence and fetish ardour Klein and Liebman spoke about the ARIS system that will tell you everything" about your charges in front of you, at this past week PEP meeting at Tweed. They even produced a young corporate type newbie Math teacher who lovingly talked about how ARIS is helping his students. The newbie "talks" to ARIS on his laptop from home. I am sure he does not talk to his colleagues but he talks to the 81 million computer system! Remember HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey?"I have seen the future and it does not work." Zardoz (1973)


JUSTICE not "just us" said...

I should have proof read it. My mind races faster than my typing!

Thanks. I think this needs to be said.

Chaz said...

You are lucky you are a female. If you are a male and an administrator saw you hugging a student, SCI would have been called and the witch hunt would begin.

Only in the perverted world of the DOE can a sign of affection be twisted as a sexual action.

JUSTICE not "just us" said...

Hugs! It gets worse. When they really want to get you they interview your students everyday until they get a statement that can be twisted and used against you. They don't care that they are abusing the children and violating their rights. That's how bad thing have gotten.

I know I have been through it.