Oh, Jim, not you, too? Did Mike Miles wine you and dine you during the Christmas break, or were you delusional from the obvious flu you were spreading around at a public meeting?
The Board of Trustees meeting that you attended was an obvious attempt at circling the wagons to protect their mistake of a hiring choice. His missteps are far more egregious than what was shown in the audit. Mark my words, there will be no improvement in performance this year because of his questionable mandates on how teachers teach. Tell me how someone who was only in the classroom for four years is an expert on education? Tell me again how teachers are the problem. Our classrooms are microcosms of society in general. I've got kids whose parent/s are incarcerated. I've got kids being raised by grandparents. I've got hungry students. I've got students who live with thirteen people crammed into a two bedroom house. I've got kids with lice (not the ever present nits, but the active, big, honking live critters). I've got kids with ADHD and no medicine because mom couldn't make it to the clinic. I've got kids who never, ever, come to class with any supplies. And I'm in elementary!
What I do not have is books. Good, meaty books that engage the reader. I do not have supplies - paper, markers, dry erase markers, or pencils. I do not have chairs that don't pinch the booty because they're about 30 years old and cracked. I do not have a clean room because of the cuts to our janitorial staff, so unless I get in there early to sweep, it doesn't get done.
I'm not making excuses, I could not look my kids in their eyes and not do the best I can for them. Before you look at "reform" measures in the classroom, wouldn't it be a good idea to look at what is being done right and build on those strengths? Why come in and throw out the baby with the bathwater?