“The children are working hard, but they are still below grade level”. This was a part of the conversation a first time teacher was having at a teacher appreciation event. She was one of a group of four teachers discussing her first year teaching experience.
First year teachers
As they swap teaching “stories”, it is apparent that they are committed to their students. But their commitment is not sufficient to bring their student up to their grade level. It is apparent that they do not have the classroom experience.
Another group of teachers are having a different type of conversation. They conversed on the varying areas of failing academic system. Classroom antics of students are laughed at in a more relax discourse apparent only to experienced teachers.
The system does not work
The struggle to educate begins at home and continues in the classroom. However teachers are failing to educate their students because they do not receive the training or cannot function within the existing educational system. A system according to many teachers “just does not work”.
The previous articles post letters displaying the administrative conflict that directly affect teachers. Teachers are the catalyst for students’ aptitude. They are the individuals who motive students to test well, think well and develop well.
The UFT, the Mayor and the DOE converse and negotiate for an aspiring academic world. Will this be done in time to bring NYC students up to grade level?