Tuesday, September 23, 2014

When The Shit Hits The Fan


Dilbert writes about engineers.  It is also the way school administrators are chosen.  How else would inexperienced APs be chosen to run a department of experienced teachers.  On a recent retired teacher trip I heard of a 30 year veteran teacher saying her 29 year old supervisor asked who taught her how to teach reading. The 29 year old never taught 5th grade, the grade she was teaching.  And then there is the former math teacher who took a few weekend courses and is now telling everyone in special education what they are doing wrong.

Eventually the shit will hit the fan in engineering and in education and everywhere else the wrong people are chosen for jobs.  Think of how much will be lost in the interim.


2 comments:

NYC HS History Teacher said...

My first year I had an AP who would defend every point by starting out saying "Research shows..." Last year I had an AP who would suggest "Areas for Growth" and provide a link to some half hearted article that hardly had anything to do with what I was doing.

I know the Chancellor has made it so admin has to have at least 7 years teaching experience (all public or charter or does it matter?) But personally, I think at least 10 would be sufficient.

Anonymous said...

The students will lose out. The AP will continue to collect her salary and berate experienced teachers. It's a sad state of affairs when an adaptive physical education teacher is asked to teach English. After staying up nights writing and re-writing lesson plans to engage the students, the AP asks why can't Johnny pass your class??? DUH!!!