Teacher Angie Sullivan wonders why her school is being turned around yet again and how many staff will be fired again. This is, of course, the idea embedded in Race to the Top, the idea that scores will go up if part or all of the staff is fired, and the whole school is disrupted and “turned around.” This approach negates the values of stability, consistency, and other old-fashioned notions in favor of disruption and chaos. “Creative destruction” usually turns out to be just plain old destruction, and it destroys trust.
33 schools in Vegas are being considered for “turnaround”.
My principal announced Standford Elementary was one. No one could really understand why – because most of the staff turned over last year and most of us just got there. The former principal had turned it around – and then they moved her out and someone new in.
In 2013-2014 we taught one set of standards – and tested in another because at the last minute we became the test school for SBAC. Our old computer lab computers could not even run the SBAC tests. So we lost all our stars – mainly due to confusion, new staff, old technology, and general disruption.
So I’m out with all the holiday shoppers buying a suit – because tomorrow I have to not only do parent conferences and my regular busy day . . . I have to interview for half an hour in the middle of the day.
Very disruptive. Congratulations! And Happy Holidays!
Are there about 2,600 (80 x 33) Vegas teachers going through this interview process right before the holiday?
I guess if you are one of the 800 long term subs (they have driven off the licensed teachers) – you probably get to skip the interview?
Pricey Teach for America get to skip it too I bet.
Which suit will help me keep on teaching my at-risk kids that I love? Red? Purple?
What is the official color of destruction, disruption, and devastation?
I hope I don’t cry – I need all the self-respect I can get.
They keep saying not to worry – why do they call it an interview? Interview means . . . Worry.