Union Thugs and Incompetent Teachers, A Rebuttal…
The following is a rebuttal for those individuals who are casting all of the blame on NBHS teachers without facts and logic.
Applying some of the logic used here, since New Bedford is an under-performing district as a whole, every teacher is this system is an uncaring, lazy, overpaid individual. Under our current mayor, New Bedford has had three superintendents in three years. The elementary basil readers have been criticized for not aligning to the common core curriculum, which schools are being judged on. Preparation time has been reduced, school funds have been mismanaged, and the arts (which studies show improve attendance and critical thinking) have been diminished. We have two schools within a school (Gomes/Innovation). Class sizes are larger with less support staff. Teachers are penalized for addressing discipline issues within their class. Counselors and nurses, necessary for child development, are part time. Report cards have not aligned to the new standards. So, it must be logical that the teachers are to blame.
Upon calculating some data, if the teachers I work with in several schools continue their overtime hours ( which they are not compensated for), they would be owed approximately $20,530 this year. Not too shabby, if they were compensated. Secondly, if a 30 year veteran teacher spent a minimal $400 a year of personal income (which is a very conservative number) on school supplies, one would have spent $12,000, which does not impact the budget. Average undergraduate and graduate school loans are a conservative $50,000.
However, at least teachers get paid to have summers off. Not bad at all. Well, once again using data, I have uncovered that teachers are paid by contract for the amount of time spent teaching ( which does not include hours put in at home, tutoring multiple days after-school, and professional development). Some teachers decide to reduce income weekly, in order to cash a paycheck to cover the summer vacation period, thus bringing home less each week, much like a vacation fund. Other then spending summer time in classes for professional development, gathering materials, creating lesson plans for the new school year, and setting up classrooms, summer vacation must be sweet.
However, those overpaid union thugs are using childish tactics with boycotts and rallies. How dare they! Teachers should have voiced their concerns earlier at city council meetings and school committee meetings. Where were these teachers, these self proclaimed student advocates, when the children of New Bedford needed them the most? I have uncovered, through my data driven agenda, that these uncaring, lazy teachers were actually at these meetings voicing their concerns to deaf ears (proven by videotaped coverage). In addition, they were in the classroom delivering quality education with lackluster resources. They were buying clothing and supplies for those students in need. They were lending their time to chaperon school events, attending extra curricular student activities, and organizing fundraisers.
Well, numbers don’t lie. New Bedford is an under-performing district. Through a rigorous evaluation process, entailing data binders and multiple evaluations that is nothing short of graduate work, how can it be that these teachers cannot teach? What incompetence! Well, this evaluation system was adopted because it is a thorough evaluation tool. If the majority of teachers have proven proficiency, maybe they do not deserve all the blame. If solely using logic, can every teacher in the system be “bad” since it is not only a high school issue, but a district issue? Can it be that decision makers are to blame? It can’t be possible. This rotating door of upper administration cannot be the cause. The school committee has employed task forces to research the best candidates for the job, and in a period of 3 years, have hired three superintendents. Using the odds of averages, one will eventually work out.
With this rebuttal, no blame has been placed on students, parents, English as a second language, and poverty. These are external variables.
In sports, if a team is failing, management is first to go. In business, if a company is failing, management is the first to go. However, if a team needs to shave money off their salary cap, then players are let go. If a company needs to save money, employees are released. If comparing schools to “the real world”, then this must be the logical trend at the school level.
All in all, I’m am disappointed with these ungrateful, lazy, overpaid teachers who spend countless hours worrying about, supporting, and educating the beautiful children of New Bedford. How dare you!
The children and educators of New Bedford deserve better.