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Bored of Education?
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        An article by David Lyell in the United Teacher newspaper, tells how Los Angeles City Schools Superintendent, John Deasy, interrupted a teacher's class and berated her in front of the class. When the teacher questioned his actions, she was fired. Subsequently, the Los Angeles City Schools Board of Education not only gave Mr. Deasy a "satisfactory" evaluation, but extended his current contract for one year. It seems, however, in a recent survey conducted, fifteen thousand teachers had given Mr. Deasy a vote of "no confidence." Also, according to the paper, Mr. Deasy has tried to make it easier to fire teachers by supporting a Senate bill, and when a teacher is cleared of any wrong doing in a complaint, even though District leaders recommend the teacher be returned to their regular assignment, Mr. Deasy refuses to do so. Deasy also would like to narrow the arts and music curriculum, seemingly to over-focus on testing and test scores rather than classroom instruction. In addition, State Senator Ricardo Lara confirmed that the L.A. Board of Education doesn't bother to follow its own mandates. One of the Board's own insurance companies has sued the Board for not following its own policies. Also, there have been cases involving the Boards retaliatory actions against activist teachers who disagree with Mr. Deasy or the Board's actions.
        As a retired teacher after 32 years in the classroom, I can believe these acts to be true. I recall one Principal telling me that it wasn't the teacher in the classroom that was the most important cog in the wheel of educating young people, but rather the administrative staff making policy decisions behind closed doors. I almost fell off my desk chair when I heard that statement, and I wondered how many other so called "educators" had that comically moronic belief. In 32 years of teaching, I was visited only a handful of times by a Principal. One told me my bulletin board was inadequate. Another told me to open a window as he thought the room was "stuffy." A third time I was asked to play in the student-faculty softball game.
        My advice is, don't give full credence to educational-administrative-jargon you hear from school district higher-ups, in newspapers or on TV. They have an ax to grind too. Teachers and students know what goes on in a particular classroom, nobody else.