Purge That Teacher!

May 23, 2017 by

The Post’s recent story about the city school teacher who is appealing her firing is packed with scary details. If the facts are complete, in context, without distortion and accurate as presented, it would be a departure for the Post. But in this case, I hope they’re not, because otherwise the teacher would deserve her fate.

In the past, the city has modeled the way it settles discipline cases after the Wheel of Fortune show, which, like the patience required of accused teachers, is long-enduring.

She is charged with monopolizing the lactation room, drawing an analogy  between a particular school and a jail, and being irate that she was not addressed as “Dr”hereby, presumably, conveying a misplaced craving for a prestigious title. She also allegedly refused to grade papers.

Could there be more to the story in relation to the last count?  A high school teacher has over 150 students, each one receiving daily homework, classwork assignments, and frequent quizzes. Did she not perform these duties for the 28 years that she served as a full-time teacher?  Apparently she was up to par, because nothing in the story suggests otherwise.

But she is presently a substitute teacher. Hardly an infinitesimal percentage of such teachers process all that paperwork, according to my long experience.

Did she suddenly go rogue?  If so, was she provoked? Any extenuating circumstances?   Any mitigation of the termination penalty?

Like personal injury lawyers, the DOE likes to pile on charge. It’s a template. They cite the teacher’s  “incompetent and ineffective service, insubordination and neglect of duty.” Well that’s standard for any veteran accused of  once not returning a #2 pencil in  the 3rd drawer of the 2nd cabinet from the rear.

I don’t know whether or not this teacher deserves to be severed from livelihood.  But I know that the schools system deals with lower-level employees this way. One misstep from a teacher and there can get no mercy. Their spirits are broken and their careers ruined.

To bad they didn’t insure their futures by getting a principal’s license before they joined the herd of veterans and became fair game.

Ron Isaac

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