Tue Jan 24, 2012, 04:00 AM
UrbScotty (23,390 posts)
Why the DC Impact system Bloomberg wants NYC schools to emulate caused me to leave teaching
Students who had me in 2009 would hardly have recognized the teacher I was last year. The new teacher-me was a warped version of my former teacher-self; I still brought the rigor and expectations I had previously brought, but there was no Happy Birthday singing hamster, no Freaky Friday Free-write, and no partnerships with the American Ballet Theater. And it wasnít that I stopped caring about these things, I just found myself so consumed with trying to survive within the new system that they fell by the wayside. I had to choose my priorities, and even though supporters of accountability systems based on test scores will try to convince you that this doesnít have to be the case, I had little time or energy to think about anything other than test data and how to get my studentsí scores higher.
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