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Depressing NOLA Rumor #1: State Run Schools are as bad as School Board run schools

I spoke with a close friend today who told me a disheartening story about the current State run school system here in town.  He has a friend who came down to the city with all of the best, yet naive, intentions to teach.  She is very kind and fair according to my friend.

She told my friend that the teachers have had to buy their own supplies even after the State promised all the gear they needed to teach their classes.  No books. Again, no books. 

The students came to class, even the younger ones, with a great deal of attitude.  When she tried to create order and discipline the classes she taught the teachers attacked her and claimed she would never treat white kids that way. They labeled her a racist. She then quit.

How does that make you feel?

December 28, 2006 in Nola Stuff | Permalink

Comments

Do you think we're going to fix all the problems in 8 months? To come to your conclusion throws the baby out with the bath water. The Recovery School District has done a monumental job of organizing and implementing in a few short months. Just because one naive teacher checks out is no reason to throw the whole concept away.

Times-Pic ran an article about the Algiers Charter schools last week and the successes being realized.

Also, remember that the kids came into her class with an attitude....well, well, well imagine that. All the good intentions in the world can't prepare a novice teacher for what they need to deal with in a New Orleans Public School classroom. One must really be up to the challenge. The rewards are enough to fulfill a lifetime.

Posted by: hotspringer | Dec 28, 2006 3:43:50 PM

good points. just sharing a story I heard. I hate to hear about people being labeled racists so easily. really pisses me off.

Posted by: humidhaney | Dec 28, 2006 3:47:08 PM

Kids model what they learn from adults and peers. they are just kids

Posted by: | Dec 28, 2006 3:50:47 PM

It's terrible, but this is nothing new. I know someone else with good intentions who couldn't handle teaching here. We have to be honest with people - in order to make any kind of a difference here, you have to be able to put up your dukes and fight. Lately, we have been realizing that you have to fight and fight dirty. Not everyone can handle that.

Posted by: dangerblond | Dec 28, 2006 4:00:19 PM

Here's another comment on the RSD schools: the teaching materials are clearly lower grade (quality) than the charter schools, and RSD employees are said to be leaving almost bythe day due to the lack of support they are getting. the students are getting no support services whatsoever, and no special ed services. no systemic counseling, no arts, afterschool, sports, no meaningful help or human connectivity whatsoever. I am a current RSD parent and I am speaking first hand. The RSD schools are self-acknowledged schools of last resort which is perpetuating the underclass we have here. The state has resisted attempts to bring creativity and local involvement into "their" schools. I can't explain it but I feel there is a mean-spiritedness about it. How else could you waste these childrens lives and treat them so unfairly?

Posted by: | Dec 28, 2006 9:34:28 PM

"I can't explain it but I feel there is a mean-spiritedness about it. How else could you waste these childrens lives and treat them so unfairly"

i have not been able to digest this fact either. i have worked with people in the service industry who had a 40 hour week at the hotel as well as a forty an hour week with the school district.

they had no guilt in the fact that they were getting paid by the school district with full benefits and giving nothing back.

i cant comprehend how you could sell out a kid.much less profit from it.

Posted by: gentilly rick | Dec 29, 2006 1:15:48 AM

"I can't explain it but I feel there is a mean-spiritedness about it. How else could you waste these childrens lives and treat them so unfairly"

i have not been able to digest this fact either. i have worked with people in the service industry who had a 40 hour week at the hotel as well as a forty an hour week with the school district.

they had no guilt in the fact that they were getting paid by the school district with full benefits and giving nothing back.

i cant comprehend how you could sell out a kid.much less profit from it.

Posted by: gentilly rick | Dec 29, 2006 1:16:39 AM

"i cant comprehend how you could sell out a kid.much less profit from it." -Welcome to New Orleans Politics


I think the RSD schools will improve dramatically before the next school year. It's too early to give up on them yet. Here's the REAL problem as I see it.

The RSD Schools are answerable to state legislators from north Louisiana. They don't live in New Orleans and have no stake in what's going on. How long before they decide to just wash their hands of Orleans Parish and just pull out?

If the RSD schools aren't on their feet by then, they're screwed.

Posted by: Clay | Dec 29, 2006 1:04:30 PM

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