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posted by CharlesB in Off Topic

This is why I broke my contract as a teacher!

June 7, 2012

I was a teacher and I broke my contract.

Here, the "Secret Teacher" in the UK explains exactly what it was like for me in a public school in Georgia.

Parents, if at all possible, I would recommend tutors and home schooling.

"Schools are full of middle-management types. They like to take "learning walks" around the school and "quality control". They sit at the back of my class and want to know if the students have been told their "learning objectives" and if they are sat in a "seating plan". They believe that learning simply cannot take place if the students haven't been told what to do and where to sit. What you might consider real work: comprehension, creative writing, silent reading or a class questioning the teacher about the topic being studied is considered hopelessly old-fashioned and slightly abusive by my superiors. Instead they like almost anything involving power-points, scissors and glue. All work for students needs to be scaffolded. That means be done for them. The very notion of giving a student a task they might fail is considered child abuse. Common sense and trust in human communication is being forced out of the profession."

The Secret Teacher writes an honest letter home
http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2012/may/19/secre...

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