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Smarmie Doofus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-11 10:29 PM
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Obamacation meets reality: NYC school system.
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Middle-aged corporate guy takes up teaching career. Or tries to. Yikes.

Must read for DUers who are still interested in reality



>>It was almost magic. It was really fun. And I often could squeeze in some spelling, even punctuation. But we weren't always quiet.

And, according to my personnel file at the New York City Department of Education, I was "unprofessional," "insubordinate" and "culturally insensitive."

In other words, I was a bad teacher.

From Michael Bloomberg to Bill Gates to hedge-fund-enriched charter school backers, the problem with our schools is bad teachers. With salaries sometimes surpassing $100,000, summers off and "job for life" tenure, it's easy to believe that our schools are facing a bed-bug-caliber infestation of bad teachers.

Amid all of this, I thought I could do some good. I am a middle-aged white guy from the suburbs, but I'm not lazy. I'm not crazy. I'm good with kids, and I love literature.

During a three-decade career as a writer, editor and corporate executive, I traveled to more than 100 countries, met heads of state, and picked up wisdom that I thought was worth sharing. When I left publishing, I was senior vice president/group editorial director at Hachette Filipacchi Media (the bulk of which was recently sold to Hearst Magazines). Now, I was determined to make an impact directly with kids in the classroom, and I set out for the South Bronx.>>>

http://www.salon.com/life/education/index.html
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