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Sat May 25, 2013, 11:37 PM

An open letter to Bill Gates from an overwhelmed teacher

May 25, 2013

Dear Mr. Gates,

I recently watched an interview you did with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (12/9/08) in which you said, “We need to make more investments, and I do think the teachers will come along, because, after all, they’re there because they believe in helping the students as well.” Indeed, that is why I became a teacher. However, I believe in helping students through meaningful instruction and connections, not through excessive test prep and standardized testing, and data collection and analysis for accountability purposes.

In the 2012-2013 school year, I spent 40 school days away from my students in order to help with state testing: LAB-R, Common Core ELA, Common Core Math and the NYSESLAT. As an out-of-classroom ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, I am pulled from my mandated program to prepare and organize testing materials and to proctor exams. Together with a colleague, I am also responsible for administering the lengthy NYSESLAT (NYS English as a Second Language test in speaking, listening, reading and writing) to our 156 English-language learners (ELLs).

One of my professional goals for 2013-2014 is to maximize my teaching time. With this in mind, and because you believe in helping students, I am appealing to you for help in the coming school year. Investing your time at my public elementary school in Brooklyn, New York would require more effort than writing a check, but it would be more valuable to me as a teacher. Your assistance would allow me to spend a greater number of days in the classroom doing what I love: teaching kids. Here’s what you can do:

1.) Because of your background in computer science, you can investigate why the NYC Department of Education’s SESIS, SEC and CAP accountability systems do not match in recognizing that a student with disabilities is receiving her mandated ESL services. I’ve been instructed that documents must be checked for consistency and continuity, but I don’t know how to do this. Do you?

more . . . https://criticalclassrooms.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/an-open-letter-to-bill-gates-from-an-overwhelmed-teacher/

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proud2BlibKansan May 2013 OP
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Laelth May 2013 #3

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 02:03 AM

1. And her salary isn't...

factored in to the massive amount of money spent on testing. Her salary comes from the dwindling funds that are provided to public schools via taxes. And yet, her job is to facilitate a process that does nothing to educate her students, but does make a boat load of cash for the testing companies.

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Sun May 26, 2013, 02:29 AM

2. kr

 

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Mon May 27, 2013, 10:39 AM

3. k&r for educators.

Why do I suspect this letter will go unanswered?



-Laelth

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