A reader had asked Charlie about his plan to close the achievement gap. He had replied that he has made suggestions in the past but that is the Superintendent's and Board's jobs to find a plan. So far what we are doing is not working in any visible way. I believe that the newly-constituted Board may have some new ideas.
But this teacher also had some other thoughts and I applaud him/her for it because (1) in Finland, they have much more planning and collaboration time among teachers to great results, (2) I have been saying for a long time that no one experiences the kind of constant change at work that teachers do - it must be terribly frustrating and (3) more testing means teachers have less flexibility even as they may know students who may be rushed through curriculum.
Maybe more planning time for teachers instead of the PLC, collaboration, team, staff and God knows what other meetings that we are required to attend.
How about sustaining a curriculum beyond four or five years so that teachers can actually get to the point of teaching them well?
Reduce central admin and get more money out there to the schools. Increases to 116 central admin employees at a time you're cutting teachers' salaries? What's that all about.
Reduce the curriculum at elementary so we can do less better. I rush my kids to get it in.
I'm sorry. I probably don't say it well. We go round and round and really the evidence is there. We know what's wrong. We may not always know how to fix it. But we sure are trying in each and every classroom. There is not a teacher out there - superior or mediocre - who looks at eighteen to thirty kids every day and doesn't want them to succeed.