Monday, September 10, 2007

The Renaissance Teachers

Being an ATR teacher in NY is not what it used to be. I just got an email from an on-again off-again ATR who tells me she used to be an ESL teacher. She was then made an ATR, and subbed for various and sundry colleagues before getting a position again.

Unfortunately, she's now lost her position, an ATR again, and she's teaching 2 health classes, 2 English classes, and one social studies class. This is reminiscent of the good old days, when they'd make anyone teach anything. I remember teaching music, math, special ed., and all sorts of things I was unqualified for.

So now, in NYC, they can simply dump these odd programs on the ATR teachers and claim they don't exist. Out of license? Of course not. This position hasn't even been filled.

And despite all the reforms, there you have it--anyone teaching anything to anybody.

Just like in the good old days.
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