Thursday, March 10, 2011
It is a new phenomenon of teachers copping out and complaining that kids are unruly and they (the teachers) should not be penalized salary wise because their students in their classrooms are behind and under performing in tests. Yes, a huge majority of kids in America are failing and teachers want us to believe it is because they cannot handle the unruliness, that it is the kids. What a copout it makes me boil because no doubt many kids are rough and difficult but they are human and humans respond to us when we come from a n enlivened place and we love what we do and we speak a truth that is both connected to our hearts and our intellect and our souls in other words when we “bring it” it silences the masses and people stop and listen. On the other hand when we are speaking from a false place, a disconnected place, uninspired you bore the room. So the question is cameras in the classroom? Good idea, I do think merit pay is a great idea because if we as educators have a bully or two or three in a classroom than we the providers need to ask for help and bring attention to the kids who are causing disruption. On the other hand if you are phoning in your curriculum then you need to be out’ed and soon rather than later. Teachers who are phoning it in and being dead on their feet need to go. You teach a lack of integrity and children know when you are not there, when you are lazy, uninspired or just plain bad at teaching. Sack the crap teachers and overhaul America’s classrooms make learning a wondrous experience something life changing and better than computers or television.
Posted by Rae Dawn Chong at 12:25 PM