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Teacher Writes Letter Using Pearson Vocabulary

25 Apr

“I’m not supposed to say this,” she wrote, “but all these insanely hard words appeared on the 4, 6, and 8th grade (Pearson) tests last week.”

Diane Ravitch's blog

A teacher wrote this little essay and dedicated it to Governor Andrew Cuomo:

“There is a man in Albany, who I surmise, by his clamorous paroxysms, has an extreme aversion to educators. He sees teachers as curs, or likens them to mangy dogs. Methinks he suffers from a rare form of psychopathology in which he absconds with our dignity by enacting laws counterintuitive to the orthodoxy of educational leadership. We have given him sufferance for far too long. He’s currently taking a circuitous path to DC, but he will no doubt soon find himself in litigious waters. The time has come to bowdlerize his posits, send him many furlongs away, and maroon him there, maybe Cuba?

She added:

I’m not supposed to say this, but all these insanely hard words appeared on the 4,6, and 8th grade tests last week.

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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Teacher Writes Letter Using Pearson Vocabulary

  1. kath elsberg

    April 26, 2015 at 10:49

    sorry to say, it is not JUST secondary school teaching that leaves teachers with PTSD. Speaking from experience, I had to take early retirement because I was so psychologically affected by all the politics, lack of support, and behaviors of administrators, parents and students. People who are not directly involved should spend a week in an inner city school; legislators wouldn’t least a day!

     
    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      April 26, 2015 at 13:20

      The only study I’m aware of took place in Texas, was small and only focused on middle schools. I’m convinced that if there was a more extensive survey/study covering k-12, we’d learn that PTSD among teachers is across the board and is the main reason almost half of new teachers are gone within four years—the endless stress caused by parents an political fads and top down management has created a PTSD generating monster.

      Another way to measure the stress of teaching is dental decay, tooth failure, etc. Studies have proven that stress does lead to more dental problems and I had a of dental work done during my teaching years that almost stopped after I retired. If were were to compare all the dental work I had done before I became a teacher, while I was a teacher and after, I think the results would be shocking.

       

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