Teaching was such a wonderful professional. There were so many intrinsic rewards for the teachers: the good feelings when a student grasps a skill, watching students grow throughout the school year, the respect of parents, students, and the community, peer professionalism, teacher collaboration, planning your own lessons to fit the class and your personality, and the special relationships with each child who came your way, with some returning years later to thank you.
Along came testing
And one size fits all instruction, being told when to teach each skill, for how long, scripted lessons, and poor follow up assignments.
Many senior teachers who have the experience and wisdom to help others are retiring quite prematurely. They just can’t stand it.
LAUSD is a terrible offender of the students’ futures and teachers’ rights.
LAUSD thinks that they are in a severe crisis because of the costs of benefits for retired teachers, so they worked out a plan to put senior teachers close to retirement in teacher jails. They are incarcerated there during the school day, wait months and months for the reason, and then they quit in disgust or are terminated without their union or legal defense.
Magically the number of teachers due to receive their retirement benefits is drastically reduced.
Unless you want to become an instructional robot;
Unless you want your creativity curtailed;
Unless you want to be judged solely on test scores;
Unless you want a job where all of the fun has been eliminated;
Unless you want your test scores to be a public spectacle.
Don’t become a public school teacher, especially in LAUSDeasy!