Wednesday, October 05, 2005

pissy.

i've been hearing about redesigning high schools and "small school initiatives" for about a year now. apparently this has been going down in new york and it's a "phenomenal" success. success is relative, i say. the redesign plans i've heard about in my district are irritating. the WORST idea i've heard is to loop teachers with our kids. while i completely agree and, thanks to looping this year, can attest to how great it is to work with your kids two years in a row, the drawbacks are serious. for one, it sucks to start over every year. it takes a few years to really get good at teaching a course. in addition, i don't want a new prep every year. nor do i want to teach other subjects, namely geography, government, or economics. bleh. i really X 230498234 don't want to loop.

the craziest shit i've heard is supposedly happening in suburban californian schools. this involves small schools who, apparently, don't need counselors or administrators anymore. or drop-out interventionists or college support staff. i think the key here is that these are suburban schools and suburban our school is not. i know i've only been teaching for three years and i have a few more rounds to go, but i don't think i'm alone in questioning the absence of counselors and APs. i think i'll throw in the towel when that day comes. i'm already a teacher and psuedo therapist and social worker and i can not imagine holding five positions legitimately. no thank you. when my kids cuss me out i want them to go somewhere else. like out of my classroom and out of my hands. and we NEED our drop-out interventionists. on the real.

honestly i'm just sick of non-educators messing with me, my classroom, and my students. and i'd like to include some top dawgs in my district in that non-educator category because they've never actually taught. yeah, did you know that education is a thriving business?

i won't be surprised if these initiatives never happen. i'm used to listening to a lot of talk. in fact, i hope that's what this is. more hooting and hollering, like they do when we ask for a raise or for some professional respect. it seems to me that we need to redesign our expectations of student and parent accountability while we redesign our teaching styles and curriculum. aren't the three mutually exclusive?

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