Have you heard about the next planned "Survivor" show?
Three businessmen and three businesswomen will be dropped in an elementary school classroom for one school year. Each business person will be provided with a copy of his/her school district's curriculum, and a class of 30-40 students.
Each class will have a minimum of five learning-disabled children, three with A.D.H.D., one gifted child, and two who speak limited English. Three students will be labeled with severe behavior problems.
Each business person must complete lesson plans at least 3 days in advance, with annotations for curriculum objectives and modify, organize, or create their materials accordingly. They will be required to teach students, handle misconduct, implement technology, document attendance, write referrals, correct homework, make bulletin boards, compute grades, complete report cards, document benchmarks, communicate with parents, and arrange parent conferences. They must also stand in their doorway between class changes to monitor the hallways.
In addition, they will complete fire drills, tornado drills, and [Code Red] drills for shooting attacks each month.
They must attend workshops, faculty meetings, and attend curriculum development meetings. They must also tutor students who are behind and strive to get their 2 non-English speaking children proficient enough to take the SOLS tests. If they are sick or having a bad day they must not let it show.
Each day they must incorporate reading, writing, math, science, and social studies into the program. They must also ensure that the students have 200 minutes of Physical Education in a ten-day period. They must maintain discipline and provide an educationally stimulating environment to motivate students at all times. If all students do not wish to cooperate, work, or learn, the teacher will be held responsible.
The business people will only have access to the public golf course on the weekends, but with their new salary, they will not be able to afford it. There will be no access to vendors who want to take them out to lunch, and lunch will be limited to thirty minutes, which is not counted as part of their work day. The business people will be permitted to use a student restroom, as long as another survival candidate can supervise their class.
If the copier is operable, they may make copies of necessary materials before, or after, school. However, they cannot surpass their monthly limit of copies. The business people must continually advance their education, at their expense, and on their own time.
The winner of this Season of Survivor will be allowed to return to their job.
Pass this to your friends who think teaching is easy, and to the ones that know it is hard.
Emma C. Smith Elementary
From the Journal of Education Finance , Fall 2012 by Kern Alexander The story goes that tuition voucher schools and charter schools a...
by Robert Slater High-stakes tests and testing policies are now being reinforced with value-added teacher assessment. But gains in te...
B Y J A M I E R O B E R T V O L L M E R America’s public schools can be traced back to the year 1640. The Massachusetts Purit...
Local School Boards to Duncan: Back Off! by Diane Ravitch The U.S. Department of Education is not supposed to control U.S. education...
Reflections on a Half-Century of School Reform: Why Have We Fallen Short and Where Do We Go From Here?By Jack Jennings, President and CEO, Center on Education Policy When I studied history in college, I was impressed by those few individual...
by D iane Ravitch North Carolina is a plum market for the online for-profit charter industry. Today, the state board of education ...
b y JULIE UNDERWOOD (Editor's note: Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), global corporati...
Jack Hassard Source: The Art of Teaching Science Today, a committee in Georgia Senate will discuss the Parent...
Cartoons on Common Core Standards by Larry Cuban For this monthly* post of cartoons, I have selected images about the impending Commo...
Glass, Gene V (2008-06-01). Fertilizers, Pills & Magnetic Strips The Fate of Public Education in America From Chapter 8: Eight Reformi...