Who is qualified to run New York City schools?

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  1. Genmai

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    I've been reading about this, and it's really so insulting. In order to teach, I had to get an extra degree despite the ones and advanced academic classes I had, take about 7 state tests, interview a lot, write essay statements, go through observations, and whatever else yet she can be in charge of the education for over ONE MILLION students and I couldn't teach 25 without going through hoops with fire around them (Some hoops were justified, some not, that's another issue though).

    It's completely insulting to teachers and the field. I guess this isn't anything new though?

    She has never taught or subbed, tutored? Private schools only, so she has no public school experience.
    I just think it's crazy. But this is the future.

    Maybe I can be chancellor one day since they prefer people with little to no teaching experience. :eek:
     
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    I am a NYC teacher, and this seems to be everyone's attitude toward this. I am not only insulted, I am concerned about what will happen to the largest school district in the country. Cuomo (who was just elected) has already announced that he plans to cut the education budget.
     
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    This is just the story of American schools. I can't name a single U.S. Secretary of Education who had been an educator at some point in his/her life. Maybe someone should blame THAT system instead of immediately blaming teachers for America's "failing schools."

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    In my honest opinion, I'm not sure that anyone is qualified to run NYC schools.


    You need the skills required to manage a MONSTER organization with a huge budget and a diverse set of problems. (That's Fortune 500 CEO skills.)

    You also need the skills of a senior educator who understands teaching and understands it in an inner-city setting.

    I've never heard of an individual who has mastered BOTH of these skill sets.
     
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    You would almost need someone with superhuman skills.

    Someone like...

    Superman?
    :p

    Sorry. It had to be done.
     
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    Superman? Cathleen Black doesn't wear a cape, but she does have a very nice bracelet.
    ;)
     

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