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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Donna Connelly Dumps Teacher Desks and Filing Cabinets

In 2010 Bronx the school led by principal Donna Connelly was listed as 27th worst in all of New York City for learning environment.  In common parlance, that's an "F."

Donna's claim to fame was based largely on her refusal of two year music appreciation grant for her school that she turned down because "there was educational value to it."

It seems Donna, who holds a doctorate in psychology, is out to make more environmental modifications to "motivate" her teachers.  Seems she has dumped all teacher desks on the curb, along with all their filing cabinets.  Is it time for Donna's straightjacket to be laced up?  Think so.

A Bronx principal ordered her teachers to give up their desks last week, and had the furniture dumped at the curb — telling staff she doesn’t want them sitting in class.
Donna Connelly, principal of PS 24, the Spuyten Duyvil School in Riverdale, also told teachers to empty their filing cabinets, which she then discarded.With class in session, teachers were told to push their desks and cabinets into the hallway. Custodians then hauled them outside and piled them like trash on the blacktop of a school across the street.
“It’s the 21st century — you don’t need desks,” Connelly said, sources told The Post.
The diktat demoralized staff at the K-5 school, where diverse students perform well above the city average on state exams.
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Filing cabinets and desks were hauled outside by custodians.
Connelly told teachers she “does not want them sitting,” an insider said, although though no chairs were tossed.
“Figure it out,” she snapped when staffers asked where to store their supplies, a source said. . . .

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