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I am a classroom teacher who loves working with my students. daily, yearly. What limits, frustrates and undermines the dynamics of the classroom are all the administrators who put in their required three years or so of classroom "teaching" and then become the major obstacles to classroom teachers. For 35 years now I have yet to find one administrator who understood and made a commitmnt to students and teachers. They are the highly paid middle-managers who CYA so they can climb up the ladder. Their loyalities are never with the teachers but rather with the "good old boys/and girls" whose major purpose is to maintain control, to limit and undermine teachers. It's power and control that they want, not working with students and teachers.
If the system would focus on getting rid of ineffective, power-hungry and incompetent administrators not only would we save bilions of dollars nationally, we would have the resources to give directly to studets. Adminstrators always say "it's for the good of the kids" but that's bunk. Their focus again is on not making waves, not making supportive and educated decisions and sitting in meetings denouncing teachers. If they were so "dedicated" they would be in the classroom, not the office or central or on the golf course scoring points with other like-minded jocs who couldn' stand being in classroom and doing the day-to-day work of motivating, teaching, preparing, planning, reflecting, grading/assessing and the myriad of hours such dedication to students requires. They could not take the stress that being a great teacher demands, could not accept the limited financial pay for the long, long days,months and years, and they could not find purpose in being a classroom teacher--the very heart of a school. Instead, they don the cloak of "leading teachers and students" into what?
DebbieL, Ph.D. (high school classroom teacher for 35 years, and I hope 30 more!)
posted 2 years, 7 months ago
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