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Posts Made By: Surly
Board: The VENT 07-11-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By Surly
Working off the clock

Yes, workers in many other fields work off the clock. Contingencies surrounding pandemic notwithstanding, I think what makes teaching different is that there is actually some level of benefit derived...
Board: The VENT 07-02-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By Surly
Typical

In my district, itís pretty typical for kids and parents to know pertinent things before teachers. Itís annoying.
Board: The VENT 06-23-2020, 06:17 PM
Replies: 28
 
Posted By Surly
Iím concerned about

Older staff members and kids with grandparents as primary guardians. I’m not too worried about complications if I get it because I’m not in a high-risk group.

Looking at the guidelines for my...
Board: The VENT 06-06-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 38
 
Posted By Surly
As another poster suggested

Kids aren’t the ones at risk of serious complications. It’s older staff and grandparents who serve as primary guardians (pretty common in my district).

Also, in Israel and South Korea, schools...
Board: The VENT 06-06-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 15
 
Posted By Surly
One thing Iíve learned from this board

Is that a lot of things that bother us about administrators are usually not unique to our particular administrators/schools/states. They’re present across the board. That’s not an insult to...
Board: The VENT 06-06-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 38
 
Posted By Surly
Childcare

“The glaring problem is that this doesn't work for childcare. Yes, school is not daycare, but the reality of our society is that parents rely on school for childcare during the day.”

Exactly. I...
Board: The VENT 06-06-2020, 03:35 AM
Replies: 38
 
Posted By Surly
A lot of influential financiers

Have been pushing for online k-12 education for a long time. Itís going to happen, in at least a hybrid form, now in many parts of the country, regardless of what happens with quantitative data...
Board: The VENT 05-29-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 31
 
Posted By Surly
Iíd have no problem

Iím not worried about catching it because Iím not in a risk group that is likely to have major complications, but I am worried about older coworkers and kids whose primary guardians are grandparents.
Board: The VENT 05-29-2020, 06:18 AM
Replies: 30
 
Posted By Surly
I had no idea that so many teachers

Spent so much money on gifts for their students. I admire that, but it’s another way that public schools have set a precedent of giving too much (beyond education) to kids and parents and have now...
Board: The VENT 05-23-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 31
 
Posted By Surly
Nobody knows

Itís extremely fluid and varies significantly by state.

Itís very possible that many teachers in the public school system could be doing everything online again in the fall. This is a aspiration...
Board: The VENT 05-23-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Surly
I know itís easy to panic

And I don’t know your exact situation, but I work at a small school wherein principals who get paid a lot more than I do can reasonably be expected to be responsible for making hard logistical...
Board: The VENT 05-15-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 23
 
Posted By Surly
I know of occasions

In which the distribution of students was influenced by political dynamics, but that seems less common in recent years. The practice in my district lately has been to for the counselor to allow a...
Board: The VENT 05-14-2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 19
 
Posted By Surly
Pr

There is just so much focus on PR stunts. My district is the same. It was this way well before the pandemic.
Board: The VENT 04-24-2020, 05:34 PM
Replies: 15
 
Posted By Surly
Plagiarism

is rampant and done with complete impunity in my experience.

I‘ve been teaching for 12 years now, but I’m not so old that I don’t remember high school. Back in the day, people plagiarized on...
Board: The VENT 04-18-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By Surly
Pandemic notwithstanding

There is almost no accountability whatsoever for kids or parents. Federal and state laws, as well as local politics, just don’t incentivize administrators to ensure kids need the accountability and...
Board: The VENT 04-15-2020, 04:05 AM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By Surly
In my state

Nobody gets 4s. It’s an unwritten rule that many a principal has told me.

A few years ago in a neighboring district, one of my friend’s summative scores averaged out to just slightly above 4....
Board: The VENT 04-11-2020, 06:39 AM
Replies: 19
 
Posted By Surly
It always seems

To me like theyíre playing it up in the way that TeenyTiny describes. I donít have social media, so I usually see it over school email, and itís always on the all-staff list, so it usually seems like...
Board: The VENT 04-04-2020, 07:10 AM
Replies: 15
 
Posted By Surly
My district

Didnít have the guts to set dedicated office hours, of course, which would actually put some responsibility on parents and kids to work within a schedule. God forbid they stand up to the public...
Board: The VENT 03-28-2020, 09:12 PM
Replies: 18
 
Posted By Surly
I understand

But Iím not even going to try actually holding kids accountable for real work on objective academic standards during this time. My school wouldnít support me if I wanted to do so in ideal conditions,...
Board: The VENT 03-21-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By Surly
I can empathize with parents in a sense

But if every child had to have an ideal confluence of external factors before you could assign challenging work to a class, you would never be able to do so.

Although I know these aren’t at all...
Board: The VENT 03-13-2020, 06:30 PM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By Surly
Iíve seen

kids get all kinds of special exceptions regarding attendance and basically everything else under the sun. A lot of the time the special exceptions are completely absurd, but adults are just...
Board: The VENT 03-07-2020, 04:36 AM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By Surly
At the schools Iíve worked at

It’s just the pragmatic institutional incentives of their positions. The laws in my state (thanks, politicians, for your anti-teacher rhetoric and legislation), and in several others across the...
Board: The VENT 03-01-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By Surly
Evaluations

I honestly donít know if thereís a profession in which evaluations mean less than teaching. It depends on the administrator, of course, but a lot of times, thereís no objectivity or consistency. Most...
Board: The VENT 01-11-2020, 06:29 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Surly
What we think of

Cheating, and what objectively is cheating, is commonplace and allowed by a lot of teachers because they don’t want to deal with the inevitable bus wheels to their spines when parents complain to...
Board: The VENT 01-04-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 33
 
Posted By Surly
ďSchool policy is not relevantĒ

That statement reflects the entire problem. Parents think that we aren’t allowed to set rules, just as every other organization or institution does.

Of course, when administrators regularly cower...



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