Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Teaching is a thankless job

Today I had to attend yet another pointless faculty meeting. We have them about every other week. Today's was particularly stupid as the Principal broke the news to the staff that the school did not meet its test quotas and thus is an "under performing" school. What is funny is that our school is the only school in the district that received this report card, but that the other ones were able to avoid such a label because the state accepted their appeal. It is absurd. The vast majority of parents who's students attend here, could give a crap whether their kids even learn, much less do well in school. Most of these parents view the education system as free day care, yet we are judged solely by test scores. There is no recognition for the fact that the schools test scores improved almost across the board. And I would like to find out which moron it was who decided that the only measure for a schools performance is standardized tests.

The crux of the rest of the meeting was how much more we are going to have to do to reach simply unattainable goals that have been set for this school. Even if our test scores increase by 20% this year, we will still fail.

There are many other reasons, but I am really starting to hate my job again. I could go on and on, but what would be the point. The education system is the epitome of a SNAFU, Situation normal all F#@$% up.

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