Teachers on the Brink (N&R)

I have a funny feeling we’re going to be talking about this for a while.

Today’s News & Record features a story on just how teachers cope with the stresses of being in a Guilford County Schools classroom.

Here the link. Here’s the excerpt:

The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:vf7sybNWUwWwZM:http://www.gcae4me.org/Headshot-Mark%2520Jewell.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Other teachers said they can understand how a fellow educator could buckle under the stress, said Mark Jewell, president of the Guilford County Association of Educators. Today’s pressures include high-stakes testing, crowded classrooms and troublesome students, he said.

“Obviously this is not behavior that teachers condone, but I think it sheds light on the condition teachers are under in the classroom,” Jewell said.

Jewell said he believes incidents such as the one at Smith are rare, but indicative of the balance teachers must achieve in keeping orderly classrooms while reducing suspensions and dropouts.

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Jewell is right on target here.

Many who have commented both here and on the Chalkboard lately are right…many on the school board have no clue what’s going on in our highly-impacted classrooms today. They’re usually escorted through our schools and are usually shown selected classrooms. As a result, they don’t get the “true experience” of what life really is like. Stop the escorts, stop the filters, allow our Board members to go into these classrooms and see for themselves…that is, if they want to.

E.C. 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. Dr Fair got tired of trying to teach a horse to sing. Dr. Grier should take a day off from his busy, busy day, and teach a class at Smith or Dudley. Perhaps he would back his teachers then. Discipline is the problem. More suspensions would help. The next times one of these Thugs-of-blameless-reputation beats down a Principal or Teacher, they should go to Jail. I attended Dudley in 73′ and Graduated from Smith in 1975 . UNCG BS 1979, MA 1981, USN retired.

  2. Mr. Shepherd: every top administrator (including school board members) should either have to teach a class or sub for a FULL DAY. Grier included. Discipline is the problem. Reread the Rhino from a couple of weeks ago…GCS hasn’t expelled a student since 2000. It’s madness, and this week shows it.

    BTW, thank you for your service to our country.

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