Perdido 03

Perdido 03

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Like Summer Never Happened

Someone at school said to me today "We've been back 11 days and it feels like we've been back for months."

I said I felt the same way.

Anybody else out there feeling like summer never happened?

Bloomberg's gone, Cuomo's going to be lucky to escape prison, Obama's education reform agenda is coming apart, and yet so much of the nonsense at school continued unabated.

Meeting after meeting, evaluations starting already, PD that makes you want to poke a fork in your eye - so much soul-sucking activity that takes away the time and energy teachers need to teach, work on lessons, grade papers, and work with students.

It's September 16th.

It feels like April.

6 comments:

  1. 3 hour long meet the teacher night. 12 hour day- I feel half dead and it hasn't even been 2 weeks.

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    1. Have heard the same from everybody I know. Everybody.

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  2. I hope members start to speak up about these conferences. They will be seen as excessive and counterproductive. How can be give back time like and only accept 10% over 7 years plus a $1,000 bonus? The members accepted the previous pattern to be put off for 11 years. They need to WAKE UP NOW!!!!

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    1. Again, not just the new contractual stuff that's adding tons of work but all the stuff the union gave up even before the contract. How much did they give up between 2009 and 2014? APPR gutted tenure and added tons of paperwork and 4-6 observations, not to mention all the extra testing. So yes, new contractual crap around meetings/PD is bad - but it's just the cherry on top of the garbage that was added before that.

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  3. Said it a million times and I will say it again: "ANY TEACHER WHO VOTED FOR THIS CONTRACT AND IS BITCHING ABOUT IT NOW SHOULD SHUT THEIR MOUTHS". And for anybody hoping that the UFT/DOE will change some aspects of the contract before it expires in 4 years I say, "Keep dreaming".

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    1. Not just the new contract. APPR came DESPITE the contract, and that is, by far, the most exhausting part of the job these days, dealing with the observations and paperwork.

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