The teacher rating system is a farce: A high-school ESL teacher says he won't change his teaching methods no matter what the governor says
Starting in the fall, for the third year in a row, New York City teachers will be judged by a new evaluation system. Gov. Cuomo suggests we don’t want to be evaluated like professionals, but that’s wrong. What we want is to be evaluated using a reasonable system that will help us improve.
As the dust settles, a closer look at Gov. Cuomo's education budget proposals shows they are premised on the same principle that Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein used to promote—that individual teachers alone, without the necessary tools and resources, can ensure the success of every child, every year, as measured by that child's test score. And that if the teacher can't, she should be labeled a failure.
This ignores the importance of adequate funding, teacher voice and support, as well as the consequences of poverty. Even economists recognize that teachers are only responsible for about 10 percent of student
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When I hear Andrew Cuomo attacking teachers these days, blaming them for their students’ low test scores, my thoughts turn to Rex Ryan.
Not that I really know enough about building a football team to be able to discuss this topic thoughtfully, but what I’m hearing suggests the governor doesn’t really know enough about classroom instruction to be able to discuss what makes kids learn, either. So we’re on equal footing.
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BREAKING: Governor Cuomo's war on public schools is nothing new. For years, Governor Cuomo has ignored the landmark decision in the Campaign for Fiscal Equality lawsuit, in which the state's highest court ordered the State to provide the school funding necessary to fulfill its constitutional obligation to public school children. And his latest budget proposal is just more of the same.
Find out how much Governor Cuomo and New York State are stealing from your school district
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Stephen Mucher, director of the Bard Master of Arts Teaching program in Los Angeles, warns about the precipitous decline in enrollments in teacher preparation programs.
Teachers are demoralized by scripted curricula and overemphasis on testing. They feel their voice doesn’t count in their workplace. Given the tide of teacher-bashing and mandates, they are right to feel demoralized.
“Career-minded college students are not oblivious to these developments.
As hundreds of people congregated at the south end of the Empire State Plaza concourse, conversations crescendoed to a loud rumble. It was like standing on a crowded uptown platform while the downtown express is barreling through.
But when organizers at Monday's "Call Out Cuomo March on Albany" got everybody pointed in the same direction and chanting in unison — "Fee Fi Fo Fum, look out Cuomo here we come!" — it felt more like a freight train pulling everyone along.
"We are here to make some noise!" said Tracey Gold of the Ichabod Crane Teachers Association.
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BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — On Monday morning, a few hundred students will file into classrooms atBloomfield Middle School, open laptops and begin a new standardized test, one mandated across New Jersey and several other states for the first time this year.
About a dozen of their classmates, however, will be elsewhere. They will sit in a nearby art room, where they will read books, do a little drawing and maybe paint.
This is the canary in the coal mine.
Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. The numbers are grim among some of the nation's largest producers of new teachers: In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years. It's down sharply in New York and Texas as well.
It was a cautionary tale, and I learned it in school.
Technically, I learned the lesson in NYC at the South Street Seaport, but it was a field trip with my high school Spanish Club that brought me there, so I’ll count it as extracurricular learning.
In our quest to experience everything NYC had to offer (we’d already purchased Yankees caps and a Kriss Kross cassette), a friend and I approached a hustler running a game of threecard monte on a cardboard box.
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