Skip to comments.Uncle Mike Bloomberg and the DOE Celebrate Failure
Posted on 10/30/2012 11:07:21 AM PDT by clarkster
We all read about it this week in the Daily News. Ninety percent of high school students in five Bronx neighborhoods are not college or career ready when they live the wonderful world of the NYCDOE that Uncle Mike has created for them. But, in "swanky Tribeca," 79% of high school students are college and career ready.
We all know the reasons for this disparity, no reason to go into it here on these pages. Only a dead person or an insane person would not understand such disparate numbers. Wait, did I mention "insane person?"
The NYC DOE in defending poster boy for insanity Uncle Mike's insane handling of city schools had this to say in the article about the lack of students that are college and career ready;
"noting that the citywide college readiness rate currently 13% for black students and 15% for Latinos is better than when Bloomberg took office. 'Since our administrations reforms, college readiness rates have nearly doubled for black and Latino students but there is still more work to do,' spokeswoman Erin Hughes said."
I hope all that rain in New York City doesn’t flood the sewage lagoons and wash some Bloomberg out to sea.
I can’t stand nanny Mike, either. But what does this teacher propose to improve the black and Latino statistics. Oh, that’s right, she won’t go into all that because we supposedly all know the problem. Double secret probation? Politically incorrect to address the issues behind the failure rates? The usual teachers’ union agenda? That is what promises more failure.
It’s not Bloomberg. It’s not the mayor before nor after Bloomberg. The failure rate of poor inner city welfare children who do not have fathers is promised, generation to generation and election to election. Any school harboring the dysfunctional mob will spend more time dealing with them than teaching children who are ready to learn.
Given this teacher probably is head of the class in desiring to protect the dysfunctional thug welfare culture that produces suffering and failure she’s blaming on Bloomberg, there is not much anyone can do about it. It’s a lifestyle choice. It serves the power of the Unions and the liberal political system there. They want it. They will fight for it like it is a precious thing.
NY is having trouble bailing out the water fron Sandy. They can’t find anything larger than 16 ounce cups.
I have to disagree with you. I have read this blog extensively and nowhere have I noticed liberal attitudes towards education with the author.
Take, for example, the high school "Workshop Model". You have 10 minutes to teach the students as a whole class, and then you must have them break up into cooperative learning groups for 20 minutes, where they learn nothing and just mess around. Then you must teach them for the remaining 10 minutes, including a summation. Woe to you if someone acts out and takes up the time, 'cos the clock is running. Woe to you if someone---gasp---asks a question and messes up your time schedule. Supervisors have actually brought TIMERS to classrooms to play gotcha with teachers.
Now there's also the uber-uber diagramming out of lessons. Not only must you take time to research and write a lesson (which is normal), but now you must diagram out the objective, what part of the Core Curriculum it fulfills, critical questions to be asked, what part of a larger unit it belongs to, and how many times students are allowed to breathe. Then you must post this diagrammed-to-hell lesson with new software so that all your colleagues and supervisors can critique it. How in the heck anyone has time to do all this (and most teachers have multiple classes in different subjects for which to write lessons) in an evening (on your OWN TIME) is incomprehensible to me.
Then, there is the pointed harassment of older teachers, deliberately giving them the worst classes, openly soliciting statements against those teachers from students, sending "gotcha squads" of deans or supervisors around to catch those teachers in the slightest point-of-ridiculous thing, etc. Oh, and let us not forget the refusal to grant tenure to new teachers, so that a large percentage of them leave after a couple of years. It takes 6-10 years to really develop professional teaching skills, and Bloomberg keeps running off both veteran teachers and newbie teachers as fast as he can in a continuous revolving door. I know for a fact that there are classes in high schools which still, in late October, lack permanent teachers for all their classes. The kids are taught by sub-of-the-week, so they are learning nothing.
Add to these stupid dysfunctional policies the non-motivated students from the inner city, with their myriad home environment problems and their adherence to a strong anti-academic culture, and you have a disaster.
The Union and the hapless teachers had nothing to do with these disastrous policies--that is 100% Bloomberg, may his name be cursed forever.
I was not born yesterday to the issues of failure in the city public schools. I stick by what I said. I’ve seen it. I was involved in a massive effort to reform it and I saw the dummy teacher unions undermine reform at every step of the way. They won. Everything is as bad now for the kids as it was back in the early 90’s. Except for teachers’ benefits... They will break the backs of the cities who fed them for power and self serving lies.
So we are clear, I don’t care what you “resent.” Ignorance is not bliss. Especially not for the children left in the dust of the union’s self interest. New York needs vouchers so children can escape the committed failure.
Government employees should not be permitted to unionize. It is a conflict of interest. City schools and the diversity tribal thug culture that swallows the souls and future of children proves it.
Resent it and deny it all you want. Amoral nanny Bloomberg is a disaster. But the public schools are long term pals with disaster.
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