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Comments | July 10, 2015 >>
Marie Jane Faderan’s pragmatic plan to become a doctor may be DOA, a casualty of her newly discovered passion for painting.
Many years ago UFT Treasurer Mel Aaronson [who has retired from the board of the Teachers’ Retirement System] helped me with a situation that no one else in the retirement office could. What I was struggling with for months, he solved in a week! What a kind gentleman!
I think it is on purpose the exams are hard. It keeps the test prep companies continuing to purchase test prep materials. It keeps the textbook companies in business and, of course, the test makers going as well. It’s a vicious cycle for us, the educators.
My school was invaded by Green Dot Charter School — first the fourth floor, then third floor, then the auditorium where they gave rousing speeches, then they took the teachers’ lounge for a yoga studio so the teachers can eat in the stockroom with a table for the entire school staff. There is absolutely no upside to co-location for the public schools. None.
So much concern about tests and teacher evaluations, yet no one considers how difficult it is for our students to learn because they are too hungry, too sad or unsupervised.
You can’t compare charters to public schools, since charters do not follow the same rules that public schools follow.
Make no mistake, there is a concerted effort to weaken and dismantle unions, particularly public unions [“Political right takes aim at unions’ coffers,” Labor Spotlight, April 2].
One of the multiple choice questions that should appear on a Common Core State Exam
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.
I just want to say that occupational and physical therapists are the backbone of any special needs program!
There is no merit in merit pay. Therefore, I agree with AFT President Randi Weingarten, who said, “No longer should ‘accountability’ be focused on teachers alone.
Regarding the story “Learning on the menu” [Feb. 5], I hold the position of master teacher.
Kids without reading disorders will learn to read with any systematic, comprehensive program, as long as they are in a supportive environment at school and at home.
Michael Mulgrew is right on target [“Cuomo’s out of touch,” Feb. 5]. It is poverty and inequality that prevent children from learning effectively.
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.