Thursday, April 8, 2010
Evan Stone And Sydney Morris Are The Neatest Teachers Ever!
I remember when I was a little kid of about four years old I once put on my dad's suit and his shoes, carried his briefcase around and I thought that I knew it all. I felt like a grown up. But I wasn't. I was just four years old. I was playing the part of a grown up much the way Sydney Morris and Evan Stone of PS 86 in the Bronx are. Gotham Schools decided, objectively of course, to profile them today.
Sydney and Evan who have a total of five years total in the system think they know what is best. The started a website and Facebook page, Educators 4 Excellence which is nice. But, what do these two neophytes know about education? Or the system? Or reality?
Educators 4 Excellence is also generating enthusiasm from more established advocates such as Democrats for Education Reform founder and board member Whitney Tilson.
This should have been the first warning sign to Gotham Schools. Anything that is endorsed, other than stalls in interstate highway rest areas, should be a warning of some kind. Whitney=Bad. Unfortunately these two have fallen into Whitney's cult and must be deprogrammed immediately.
One of their first battles will be against the state’s “last-in, first-out” law, which forces the city to lay off newer teachers in advance of their more experienced colleagues.
Wait, so the new, less experienced, novice, immature teachers should be kept in place of more experienced teachers? That makes sense. Hey Evan, booby, let's pretend you stay teaching 20 years. You are now 45 years old, you have 2.7 kids and a wife with an insatiable appetite for TJMAXX. I will also give you the benefit of the doubt that you are a darn good teacher. Layoffs come, and you are sent packing because you earn way to much, compared to 2030's version of Evan Stone. What would you do? How would you react? But no need to worry Evan. You will soon enough satisfy your white liberal guilt of instructing little boys and girls of color and soon be on your way to making the most out of that Yale degree.
they want Educators 4 Excellence to become an independent think tank for teachers who want to overhaul how they’re evaluated and what’s done with that information. Part of that includes supporting merit pay and using students’ test scores as a factor in teacher evaluations.
How do we base merit pay Syd Syd and Little Evan? How does the phys ed. teacher receive such pay? The art teacher? The music teacher? Heck, the classroom teacher. How do we make test scores subjective enough to truly evaluate a teacher? What happens to a teacher when the night before a standardized test a few students are sexually assaulted by a family member, a few are physically abused by a family member, a few kids left home alone and watch TV until midnight. I mean I can go on and on about the endless possibilities of negative outside influences that can affect students test scores.
Stone and Morris, both of whom entered the classroom by way of Teach for America,
Anyone surprised they are from TFA?
Aside from getting a once-a-year rating of satisfactory or unsatisfactory, they didn’t know how well they were doing or how to improve, and they began to talk about leaving their school.
They must be classic kiss ups like Dwight Schrute and worse RATS. Please leave. You are at one of the best schools in district 10, you have a old time principal. Be grateful.
Why are we thinking about leaving this job that we’re both pretty good at and is really rewarding for us?” said Stone. “We want to be pushed, we wanted to be evaluated, and we wanted someone to come into our classroom and tell us how to be better.”
You need someone else to push you, to challenge you? You need someone to tell you how to be better? You can't self reflect? You seem like a mindless drone Little Matt. Want PD? There ain't none, at least not the way it used to be. Gee whiz, stop your bellyaching and get with the program. Would you kvetch like this if you were in the Marines?
“We’re not anti-union,” Stone said. “We’re big fans of the benefits that teachers get and we like the pensions and collective bargaining, but we also need to look out for the prestige of the profession.”
Bullocks, you are anti-union. Hey Little Evan, if you are ever accused of something let's see how fast you go running to your CL. And the prestige of the profession has been hammered into the ground by Bloomberg, Klein, and your Goddess, Whitney Tilson.