taken from the Badass Teachers Association Facebook Page
By the way, Rhee’s credentials of teaching for three years via TFA (Teach For America) is a bunch of garbage. TFA is garbage. TFA is not teaching prep, or teacher education. It’s a 5 week course out of which people are tossed into high-needs, low-performing schools expecting miracles. The other hitch – TFA “graduates” are only on the hook to teach for 2 years. Most use it as a stepping stone for some other career. The percentage that stay and actually develop into good educators is so small its not worth mentioning.
How is it that these people are in charge of thousands upon thousands upon thousands of teachers – making their rules and policies – when they never, to use a cliche, walked a mile in our shoes? How were the standards and curriculum (Common Core, among others) developed by people who don’t know anything about teaching, or child development? I don’t get it. And finally, let’s not forget that ultimately who suffers the most? Not us teachers. It’s the kids. They get a revolving door of teachers coming in and out – no stability of staff. They get beaten down teachers who are forced to teach standards developmentally inappropriate, and then are told they aren’t smart enough when they fail standardized tests they shouldn’t be taken at that level in the first place.
Is any of this making any sense yet?
Also, Arne Duncan, you went to Harvard for a Sociology degree? Seriously? God, you are worthless.