“I have to say I complete concur with this article. As a Special Education teacher in the South Bronx, I can attest to the fact that there is so much more then teaching involved in our job description and it appears that the DOE and New York State are not taking notice.
To be an effective teacher, not only do you have to put in the hours but also you have to feel appreciated. Unfortunately, in the field of Special Education at the end of the first two years, teachers such as myself (and many others that I know of), start to re-evaluate their career choices. Between creating differentiated lessons, sitting though IEP meetings, writing IEP's, dealing with low functioning students, behavioral issues, attending professional development, calling parents, tracking down kids for yearly assessments, participating in inquiry work, working in understaffed schools that offer little support, etc. we are burned out unmotivated and asking the question: WHAT WAS I THINKING?
It is not all about the money. It is about the kids. However, when I look at my check at the end of the hardest two weeks of my life (each week topping the next), I notice the discrepancy between the hours of work I have put in and the amount of my check. I hope that our voices are heard. Thank you for your article. I am glad that someone out there is taking notice, is advocating and looking for solutions!”
Fiscalprudence on Nov 15, 2010 at 23:02:29
“Wandy...keep up the good work!!!! I too taught special ed in the South Bronx. The IEP process alone was a full time job. It flat out infuriated me how little thought or care people put into the process (both past/present).
It still amazes me that the DOE doesn't allow any dispensation for people with prior, relevant work experience. I can name 1 dozen people who left finance, law and marketing careers who were told that they needed their teaching degree. PHD's from MIT and Carnegie, An actuary, an ADA....all of which who wanted to give back but ended up at charter schools or private schools.”