Monday, November 29, 2004

NO GOOD NEWS IN SIGHT



It's been some time since I posted here. I kept hoping that the situation with employment would improve.

No such luck. There are no job postings on the Cleveland Schools website, and I haven't heard any rumors that the student-teacher ratios will grow smaller.

Some of the teachers have been in the news in a favorable way. This story was cited by Joanne Jacobs, a nationally known writer on education issues.

I do think that the levy campaign was doomed. Queen Jane never made it to the West Side of Cleveland; guess she was uncertain about her welcome after laying off so many cops and fireman.

I have to admit that neither my husband nor myself voted pro this time. We've always supported the schools in the past, but I am unwilling to throw good money after bad.

The schools are thick with waste and mismanagement. Many of the schools that are troubled are headed by weak and ineffective principals. The only consistent in those schools is the opinion that the problem is the teachers. According to many, teachers:

  • are underpaid (not true - their pay is comparable to many mid-level management types)
  • don't understand "our" kids (wrong in most cases; most of the white teachers have emerged from less-than-optimal circumstances in their past. It's the black teachers that grew up in solidly middle to upper-middle class families)
  • need "professionals" to tell them what to do and how to do it. Uh, sorry, after a few years, we're really pretty competent. What we COULD use is some administrative back-up - perhaps accompanied by some administrative BACKBONE