The current generation of teachers is totally different from the generation that I trained and began with.
We were there for the students, not the test scores.
We had the freedom to plan our own lessons and to schedule them.
The lessons were designed to fit our personality and that of the class. Lesson plans and pacing plans did not come from publishers, they came from teachers, experienced teachers who were there to prepare students for the next grade and for life, teachers who cared about educating the students and who were not forced to care only about test scores.
We had sufficient time to remediate. An early principal of mine used to say, “Bring the students up to grade level and introduce them to grade level skills.”
We had ample opportunities to challenge and to enrich the students.
We had time for teachable moments.
We had time for fun!
We were not forced to stay within the system. We went beyond to help the students.
(The following is fictional)
Amelia Bedalia Elementary in LAUSD is the future of education, so we follow the party line and it is reported in Pravda, I mean the LA School Report.
We teach solely to the test.
Language Arts and Mathematics are the only subjects taught.
Physical Education is one day a month for 20 minutes.
Recess has been eliminated. Lunch is 15 minutes and only for eating. Bathroom breaks are strongly discouraged.Read more
- Welcome back, I hope you all had a good summer.
- I know that you are anxious to get into your classrooms.
- There have been some changes, so me let me introduce your new staff members.
- Now you will sign the forms promising to report child abuse.
- Test scores. (Everybody groans)
- In and of itself, the test scores were a little up in some areas, a little flat in others, and lower in some.
- If you will turn towards the wall, our coordinator will show our scores with her analysis. (Teachers start to draw, cutout, and prepare materials)