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No one discusses one of the great challenges to public schools: over-the-counter admissions. Public schools must accept students at any time during the school year. Students from other countries often arrive without records, making class placement difficult. Teachers struggle to bring these students up to date with class work.
After reading your article on Pearson [March 5], I had a question: Why is a private company allowed to monopolize public education?
The United Nations released an unsurprising report on violence and sexual assault against women. Using role play and role reversal, we can increase the empathy of boys by putting them in the shoes of girls in threatening or demeaning scenes to prevent such threats in the first place.
Anyone else see the master plan at play here? Introduce legislation/curriculum (Common Core) to help drive test scores down, introduce charters but don’t hold them to the same standards to make public schools look even worse. Then launch campaigns against public schools and attack public schools.
The new teacher evaluations are out, and it comes as no surprise that the reformers are not pleased. Their assumption is that low standardized test scores must mean bad teaching.
I read the Public Education Under Attack article “College debt crisis keeps growing” [Jan. 8]. It is criminal that the U.S. government is making a huge profit off student loan debt.
The last horde of public funds left is the school budget. Private charter schools run for profit can make huge donations to politicians so once again the 1 percent has a windfall.
The article “Keeping calm” [Jan. 8] about PS 45 on Staten Island is fantastic. It’s important for educators to reflect on our relationships with the students. I love that the article highlights not only that we should identify student triggers but also what triggers adults as well.
I have been in MyLibraryNYC since the first year. Teachers just use their library card (educator card provided) to order online what they want (up to 100 books!) and the books are delivered to our school.
In the 1980s, I brought my class of high school equivalency students to the World Trade Center for a New York City Board of Education function. On the way to the subway, to return to our South Bronx site, I spotted Mario Cuomo, accompanied by two taller gentlemen, crossing the lobby about 40 feet away. I mentioned to my students: “There goes Mario Cuomo, the governor of New York State.”
Love this idea. I’ve been a high school teacher for the last nine years. It’s called using good judgment. During
The overemphasis on evaluating teachers with minimal emphasis on helping them will have the unintended consequences of degrading the love and joy of learning that every educator should work to impart to his or her students. When students are tested and teachers are “evaluated” based on the results, education is inevitably reduced to drills or test preparation.
In reference to the story headlined “Leading from the classroom” [Dec. 4], “career ladder” positions for which the teacher receives additional compensation are a slap in the face to those of us who have been teachers assigned on network teams for years. We do the same work for not one extra penny but have been working an extra-long day and year contractually.
I had a thought after reading the article “UFT, special ed advocates call for better reading instruction” [Dec. 4]: Teach kids to read by going back to the basics. How did you learn to read? With a book. Stop investing in fancy reading programs that do what anyone can do. Teach the kids phonics with a mix of sight words.
My condolences go out to the family of Maria Portalatin, the former chapter leader for paraprofessionals. She was a UFT warrior for paras. One of the best — she made noise and was not afraid to speak her mind! Gone but never forgotten.
It should be obvious to everyone that an unexpected increase in retirees last June can only benefit the DOE financially, immediately and in the long run. Most will have to be replaced, but by educators at a much lower salary level, on average.
I'm sure there's some room for negotiation regarding the UFT's call to end tax breaks for absentee co-op and condo owners to cut class sizes to 15. But even if we could lower class size to 20 in kindergarten through 3rd grades, the results would be dramatic.
As a retiree with 20 years of service, I strongly urge all UFT members to contribute as much as you can afford to your TRS retirement program. I returned to teaching after a 23-year absence and retired in 2005. During that time, I maximized my TRS account as best I could while working after school for the Home Instruction Office.
Regarding the Know Your Benefits column about maternity and child care leave: We are one of the only countries that doesn’t give full pay to mothers who have given birth. There are countries where mothers have two years of paid leave to take care of their children!