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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Mar 02nd 2010, 08:06 PM
I most certainly agree with that. This is very good article from the Education page of the Washington Post.

Decision to fire all of R.I. school's teachers sad, desperate

At the committee meeting Tuesday night, 93 names were called for firing -- 74 classroom teachers, plus reading specialists, guidance counselors, physical education teachers, the school psychologist, the principal and three assistant principals, according to the Providence Journal. Not one was good enough to stay.

Some of the teachers at the city's only high school cried, but the committee held firm.

It's no wonder that Education Secretary Arne Duncan applauded the move, saying the committee members were "showing courage and doing the right thing for kids."

Courage, indeed. Now, all they have to do is find 93 excellent professionals to take their places. Recruiting the best educators should be easy, especially when you can offer them life in a very poor town and a job with no security.

A very poor town, no job security, and a school board that has not a clue what they just did.

The article continues:

And, of course, the powers that be will have to ignore all the other influences on high school students because their poor performance was all about the adults at the high school. Their elementary and middle school education -- or lack thereof? Not a problem. Their sometimes difficult home lives? Naw. That doesn't affect how a kid does at school.

No Child Left Behind, a federal law that has driven schools to narrow curriculum and use rudimentary standardized tests to measure progress? Not an issue.

Firing all the educators may sound bold to some, but it sounds sad and desperate to me.

I would have chosen cold and uncaring as words to describe this decision as well. It displayed a lack of understanding of how children learn, how learning is a part of a child's whole environment. It displayed a callous attitude toward teachers, as if they were the only ones to blame.

This harsh, intrusive rush to close schools, to fire teachers, to replace staff, to convert them to something else, usually charters run by private companies.....this rush to get rid of public education ignores the fact that learning is a partnership.

That partnership involves teachers, parents, students, AND the community.

The fact that our Democratic president has chosen a Secretary of Education who shows this ignorance about learning and how it takes place has made my heart ache.
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