Just got finished with three days of Regents grading in which our DOE superiors treated us like children.
The people I was grading with and I plowed through many Regents exams the past few days, but as usual with the DOE, no matter what you do or how you work, you are always treated like a criminal.
At one point, after grading hundreds of tests, we took a five minute break.
A "quality assurance" person wanted to know why we weren't working.
Our room supervisor told the quality control person our table had finished grading hundreds of exams, we had been grading exams faster than any other table and were taking a break.
The "quality assurance" person said there were tests to be graded and we ought to be grading them.
Tests were then thrown onto our table to be graded.
Here's the clicker - we finished three hours before the end of the work day, but because teachers are children not to be trusted to use professional judgment or treated like adults, we were kept around waiting until the time for "dismissal."
It reminded me of detention in Catholic school.
I have written this week about the demoralization many of the teachers expressed this week as they were grading the Regents exams.
Well, the DOE saved the best for last - how dare you take a break, work until all the tests are graded.
What - all the tests are graded?
Now you can take a break - for the next three hours until we "dismiss" you.
De Blasio and Farina say the tone from Tweed is changing and principals ought to be changing their tones too.
So far, I have seen nothing change at all.
Today was a terrific example of that.
I could have used that three hours to finish writing some recommendations I was asked to write by students this week.
Instead I sat at a table with three other people for a few hours and waited to be "dismissed."