Monday, September 09, 2013


It's a hell of a note that teaching is so disrespected that politicians who haven't a fucking clue about teaching, learning, public education, and schools are telling them what to do and how to do it.

Doctors and lawyers wouldn't allow this shit.

Most people don't realize how difficult it is to teach school. Only a small part of what teachers know and can do is obtained in colleges of education. Most of their competence is a result of years of experience working with children who are totally different from each other -- different personalities, different abilities, and different needs. If a teacher survives the first five years, the chances of staying on are much better.

It takes at least 10 years for a teacher to start assimilating the subtle nuances of interacting with a great variety of students and at least another 10 years for one to attain the skills of a master teacher. Then with added love, great teaching becomes extraordinary.

Few of us without family connections are ALLOWED to last that long in education.

Chicago is a mess. Rahm closed a bunch of CPS schools, and now TFAs are being pushed to work in charter schools.

It's long overdue to sue this outfit out of existence.

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