"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Teachers Sabotaged by Unaccountable Text Book Companies

Each day, the stories get more and more Kafkaesque.

Perhaps while the teachers are waiting for their corporatized, standardized, soulless curriculum and text books to arrive, they can have the students and staff read Diane Ravitch's Reign of Error. 

From NYT: Tardy Deliveries Keep New Books Out of Teachers Hands

“They want to evaluate us on how well the kids do on the test,” Mr. Mulgrew said, “but they are not giving us the materials to teach the kids to ensure the kids are doing well on the test.”
In interviews, several teachers said they got a sinking feeling over the summer, when they showed up for special training sessions on the new curriculums but found the materials absent.
They said they were promised materials by opening day, but when it arrived, the materials were still missing.
Filippo Casamento, 42, said teachers at his son’s school, P.S. 216, told parents this week that mislabeling and shipping mix-ups had delayed the delivery of books.
“It’s sad,” he said. “They want the kids to learn at a certain level, but they’re not providing them with the proper materials.”

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