March 1997

Teacher, Vol. 08, Issue 06
School & District Management Do or Die
In San Francisco, teachers and principals at low-performing schools are given one chance to turn things around. If they fail, they're given the boot. Critics say the strategy scapegoats educators, but superintendent Bill Rojas says it's the only way to bring real change.
David Ruenzel, March 1, 1997
32 min read
Education Opinion Who's In Charge?
The ebonics flap proves it: Educators should decide what's taught in the classroom, not politically minded school boards.
Dennis L. Evans, March 1, 1997
3 min read
Curriculum Teaching AIDS
Studies reveal that students need strategies—not just information
Jessica Portner, March 1, 1997
13 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Letters to the Editor

By The Numbers

It did not surprise me to find that Indiana ranks below 43 other states in the percentage of secondary school English teachers with fewer than 80 students ("Quality Counts: School Climate.") I am a second-year teacher who sees 128 students daily in six classes. My teaching load requires that I make four separate class preparations. Unfortunately, this is the norm for most young English teachers in this state. As a result, I have stopped devoting large chunks of my after-school time to reading and grading essays and exams. If I can't get it done during the day or in the hour or two I stay after school, I don't do it. Of course, this leads to student complaints about not getting papers returned quickly. But this is the only way I can maintain my sanity and my personal life and avoid burnout. I am dedicated to my students and to becoming the best teacher I can, but the overwhelming paperwork from so many students exhausts me. Until school systems in Indiana wake up to this problem, our state will continue to lag behind in language arts test scores, and many of our best young teachers will leave the profession after only a few years.
March 1, 1997
9 min read