Now, I know this isn't a surprise to anyone who knows a little about this stupid law. However, I'm starting to read about and witness how the pressure of getting children to be at least proficient is pushing teachers to the end. At a local school, hard working teachers are being asked to do more and more. The school administrator knows the teachers work hard, or at least says they do, but still demands more. The school does have it's share of problems and many of those problems are beyond the control of the staff- poor home lives, poverty, etc. Is this a reason to throw in the towel and say screw it? I doubt it, but I think that's the attitude that's creeping in. The teachers feel frustrated because they are working their asses off, a majority of them at least, and still feel like they are failing - and, it's only going to get worse. Some have commented that if they were in "better off" schools and were working as hard, the students would be advance. But since they are working with this particular population, there's little hope. So far, the school has met AYP, but barely. When the bar gets raised, I have a feeling that many of these people will be heading to the bar - to drink their problems away!

Here's my thought/question. Is anyone else seeing the frustration and pressure getting to their teachers? Should we be worried about it or will everything just play itself out when a ton of the schools across the country start "failing." What's really going to happen to the teachers in these buildings? Will there be mass transfers? Will there be massive budget cuts? How will the teachers who are moved be welcomed into other buildings? Will the "good schools" still be "good schools" when the teachers from failing schools show up? I honestly don't have the answer.

2 comments

  1. Lara // April 16, 2007 at 10:51 PM  

    i so know what you mean. for one of my classes last quarter, we spent a ton of time studying NCLB and the myriad problems with it. such a disturbing law - well-intentioned, but very poorly-planned and -executed. blarg.

  2. ms. whatsit // April 20, 2007 at 11:16 PM  

    When I consider the way NCLB reporting goes and how schools are graded, I can only think that it was specifically designed to break public schools.

    The federal government puts the screws on states, who in turn pass it on to distrits. Districts pressure principals, who in turn crack the whip on teachers. For fear of losing their jobs, teachers are left with little else to do but to focus on those #$@#! tests which are designed to suck the life out of learning when you stop and think about the grandiose importance they are given.

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