Saturday, March 7, 2015
Superintendent Vitti, thinks our math and science teachers suck.
I am paraphrasing a bit but not much:
From the Times Union: Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti mentioned the role quality teachers play in STEM education.
"I see very few children enter pre-k not excited about math and science concepts because it's part of the natural curiosity that comes with the scientific method. Asking questions, a hypothesis, challenging that hypothesis. Children actually think like that," Vitti said. "What ends up happening is we do not have, at scale, math and science teachers that understand the content in a deep level and know how to present it in a fun, interactive, hands-on way."
Superintendent Vitti routinely knocks our teachers, I have written about it over and over. It’s got to the point where it can’t just be repeated cases of foot-in-mouth but must be how he actually feels about educators. Since he was only a teacher for two years and believes so heavily in Teach for America it is apparent that he really has just a scant idea of what teachers actually do or go through.
Maybe teachers would be better if they had consistent support from the district, smaller classes especially those that have our most vulnerable children and behavioral supports. If they had those things they might be able to show their deep content knowledge and be able present science in a fun interactive hands-on way. The superintendent puts teachers in no-win situations and blames them when they fail.
Maybe teachers would do a better job if they weren’t constantly marginalized and belittled by their superintendent but instead supported by him.