Here’s something from Arthur Goldstein’s blog, NYC Educator, by way of Diane Ravitch’s blog (I couldn’t find a “reblog” button on his site). Mr. Goldstein is a teacher of English language learners here in New York City, and therefore a distant colleague of mine. He does a very nice job in this post of exposing the inanity we are dealing with in our professional roles as educators in the five boroughs.
Arthur Goldstein has taught ESL students in New York City for decades, and he has one of the best blogs in the city, state, and nation, written from the view of a teacher.
In this post, he lacerates the administration of the New York City Department of Education for a grading policy that further diminishes the discretion of teachers to make judgments about what their students need and how they are progressing. I can’t help but think about the paradigm of all national systems, where teachers are carefully selected, well prepared, treated as masters of their profession, and trusted to do what’s best for their students.
The new NYC rule, Arthur says, is “you will differentiate instruction the same way for everyone.”
“That seems to be the main thrust of the new grading policy. A big thing, for me at least, is the policy on what is…
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