On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM, Paul Tanner <email@example.com> wrote:
You make good points and of course I have meant overworked in terms of> In short, if you don't help design curriculum for your school, you're closer
> to a lazy-good-for-nothing than a teacher. You should fight to get your
> real job back.
teaching time load.
Yes, in some ways creating curriculum could be said to be harder work
than actually dealing with tons of disruptive kids and their parents.
That is, with respect to the "disruptive kids and their parents"
remark, if you think that actually dealing with hard-to-deal-with kids
and their parents all of whom a teacher has to call and all of whom
are not particularly happy to hear negative things about their kids -
especially over and over again - is not supremely stressful: At one of
the secondary schools in which I taught, this school known in the
district as one of the more difficult schools in terms of much
classroom disruption, one of the teachers was actually granted sick
leave because of the supreme stress of trying to deal with so very
many kids so very out-of-control.
I mean, what would be the new hire five-year turn-over rate for those
who would be hired to create curriculum? Would it be as high as the
new teacher turnover rate in the US, as many as 50% or so gone by the
time five years is up?
The classroom disruption problem I just talked about is of course not
the only reason for such high turnover, with the massive amounts of
time that it kills both during contracted work hours and after school
hours (teachers are expected to cal these parents even after school
hours). These other aspects would include such as the massive amounts
of both academic-based and discipline-based paperwork that follows
from having to deal with so many more kids kids these teachers in
these top-performing countries of Korea, Finland, and Japan have to
deal with. (If for example you teach only three one-hour courses per
day, it's quite a bit less of that type of paperwork than if you have
to teach five or six such courses per day.)