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Sign of the times



  • 1 Remainders: City parents report making sizable PTA donations | GothamSchools
    · May 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    […] A comic from the UFT’s newspaper mocks the changes promised to “turnaround” schools. (Edwize) […]

  • 2 Phyllis C. Murray
    · Jun 10, 2012 at 4:04 am

    The rapid turnover of temporary teachers, like the opening and closing of New York Public Schools, is disruptive and has a very negative impact on the students who need stability in their lives. Certainly, stability is one thing that many of today’s students do not find in the New York City public schools. Teachers are here today and gone tomorrow. And this is a sad situation. Furthermore, lest we forget, no matter how bright the neophyte teacher may be, it takes years to become an effective teacher. Thus, a revolving door approach to education can be quite disruptive. It is not even cost effective.

    Each year, a new set of teachers require staff development, mentoring, supervision, and resources. This investment is fine for teachers who earnestly wish to remain in the New York City Public School System. However, when there is a “rapid turnover rate,” taxpayers are losing the tax dollars which were earmarked for an investment in a viable workforce. Furthermore, whenever students witness a rapid change of staff from year to year, the students begin to view all teachers as temporary teachers or expendable. And eventually, they lose respect for the teachers who remain.Years ago, the union advocated for: Resources, Respect, and Retention. Today, more than ever, we need resources for all teachers, respect for all teachers, and a retention of teachers who are willing to invest in a future that is not their own.