Apparently the New Reformers in town have taken it upon themselves to co-opt opening day for teachers in Buffalo with some kind of Girls and Pearls party at the whatever the hell they are calling the arena now, oh yeah The FN Center. Teachers are being instructed once again to ignore a violation of their contract and be standing outside their buildings ready to board "cheese" busses to the fun filled event. One small glitch here as usual is they didn't bother to confer with anyone who teaches in Buffalo they just went ahead and planned our morning for us thinking their ace in the hole would be the free boxed breakfast they got Wegman's to cough up. Can you imagine anyone doing this to anyone else in any other profession and expecting them to be grateful and thrilled for the opportunity to ride a school bus downtown where they can listen to their new Superintendent and chow down on a box of donated breakfast grub? Ah but there's that same mentality again, the one that rears its head when teachers say things like I don't want to coach intramurals after school for no pay or teach French to freshmen when I can't speak or read it. That same old gotcha voice : Oh you teachers, there you go again. I THOUGHT IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN?
|If I am going on a Field Trip anywhere I want to go here with these guys not to the FN Center for a Wegman's bagel with Pearly Brown|
Well sorry friends and frauds but teaching like anything else that comes with a paycheck involves the employee and the employer agreeing to some basic expectations and displaying some form of familiarity with the concept of mutual respect. We operate under what is known as a contract here in the City of No Illusions and part of that says no school begins its day before 7:50am. The robocalls to teachers have been instructing them to be outside their buildings to board the cheese by 7:15. Opening the school year and the tenure of a new Superintendent with a contract violation doesn't exactly set the table for a feast of great relations to come this year with SayYes? or Dr. Brown. I guess this alleged educational consultant group, like so many of the others running loose in the stratosphere aren't as familiar with teachers and the boots on the ground dynamics of school operation as they are with figuring their cut when all the papers are signed and it's time to split up the booty. In a normal world a group pretending to be immersed in the world of urban education or even rural education for that matter would understand the sanctity of the first day back. It's a time to regroup, set up classroom items, make copies, retrieve furniture that grew legs over the summer, meet new colleagues and in the case of my work site, review and update safety and mental health protocalls. And frankly I find it more than a little insulting that an out of town corporation who dredged up a Superintendent through a process many of us found highly questionable should think they could spring this last minute field trip with no permission slips from the people drafted to go on it. Phil Rumore advised teachers in an email that the thing was a fait accompli by the time any of them bothered to advise BTF of it and Dr. Brown claims it was all ready on track when she got here. It strikes me that this is an opportunity for her to step in and cancel or at very least postpone this nonsense but in one of her first public opportunities to demonstrate leadership and solidarity with her employees she is going to chicken out and bask in the fanfare rather than stand up as a leader and explain the obvious to the idiotic. I know they are trying to prove that they are here for the children and that's admirable. They will have an entire school year and then some to prove this to anyone who thinks it's provable. The rest of us however would prefer to be left alone as we all have work to do. And riding a goddamned cheese downtown to meet someone we've all ready met on t.v. is time wasted that none of us will ever get back. Thanks for the kind thoughts and all but if you've been reading the paper and listening to the clarion call of the corporate profiteers who want to "reform" us, we all have work to do. So next time AskFirst! and just maybe some of us might SayYes!