Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Conversation With Ms Out of It



Ms Out of it Teacher: We have an ATR in my school. Where do these guys come from? He was okay in the beginning, but now he is awful.

Ms Teacher Who Knows The Truth about ATRs: ATRs are ATRs through no fault of their own. This teacher was probably at a school that was closed up or reorganized.

Ms Out of it Teacher: Well, he can't control a class and we are stuck with him next year.

Ms Teacher Who Knows The Truth about ATRs: You don't know the entire story. You don't know what this guy has been through. Be careful, the same can happen to you and me.

Ms Out of it Teacher: It can't happen to me. I am in a good school. I have seniority. My principal loves me.

Ms Teacher Who Knows The Truth about ATRs: It can happen to anyone of us. It happens to one of us every day. You never know when your principal will leave, when something will go wrong and he will need a scapegoat or even if your school is reorganized. You are lucky to be safe now. Many of our colleagues are not so lucky.

Ms Out of it Teacher: This guy is bad. I can't believe he will be back next year.
Ms Out of it Teacher is typical of too many in the teaching profession. They can't see more than a few inches in front of their faces. These are the people that will continue voting our rights away.

4 comments:

NYC Educator said...

Those are the people who run our union as well.

17 (really 15) more years said...

It's even worse with many of the elementary school teachers, who don't think excessing can happen to them, and then are filled with righteous indignation when it does. Then, suddenly, they want to fight- and it's always too late.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see Ms out of it Teacher in action.

avoiceinthewilderness said...

I'm finding a disturbing lack of empathy among some of our newer staff members. It's a little chilling.