THE TEACHERS SHOULD LEAD THE SCHOOLS, NOT THE MANAGERS
Why do the planners and Mon Schools administrators ask for teachers’ input on how Eastwood should be designed and then don’t listen to them? Why should teachers waste their time going to those meetings? Why when teachers prefer the lockers be IN the rooms does the architect locate them outside in the hall? Teachers ask for tables instead of desks, but those calling the shots don’t want that. What’s the point of going through the process if the decisions are already made? Why aren’t the teachers in charge of creating the best teaching and learning design for their classrooms? They practically live in that space. They know it best. They should be free to organize it accordingly.
No surprise: In a recent study on graduation rates only half of the local school respondents ” ‘agreed or strongly agreed that their opinions are respected’ in their respective school [in Mon Schools] – compared to 65 percent nationally who answered the same way.”
The teachers should have far more authority for running the schools as compared to the administrators. That’s crucial for making big steps toward providing a “thorough and efficient system of free schools” as mandated by the Constitution of West Virginia.
Time to move to teacher-run schools.