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Veteran Teachers Feel they Get a Bad Rap

Veteran teacher working with students.  Source: www.tampabay.com

Veteran teacher working with students.
Source: http://www.tampabay.com

An LA Times article by columnist Sandy Banks discusses the tension that exist between rookie teachers and veteran teachers. Read More…

Our Teaching Conditions are Your Child’s Learning Conditions

By Martin Palamore

As I pass through playground to get to the building that houses my humble classroom some students greet me and others scorn me because of their impending detention. I walk up the stairs, greet my colleagues, and turn my brain into “teacher mode” ready to educate my seventh graders. However, there is a problem. My classroom’s temperature is a sweltering 97 degrees and there isn’t a working water fountain in sight.

There is a lot of rhetoric swirling around negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the ChicagoPublic Schools. However, the most upsetting rhetoric has to be that this strike is “hurting our children.” This rhetoric has fed into the collective “groupthink” by “reformers” that Union’s sole job is to look out for the needs of their members at the expense of the students. I have a one sentence response to that, our working conditions are your child’s learning conditions. Read More…