New Year – Old System

A new school year will begin soon with Dr. Christiana Otuwa, from Pittsburgh who will be replacing Beverly Burrell as Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, a division of the Rochester City School district that has drained millions from the school budget for decades with little evidence of success in fostering student achievement.

Catherine Mason has taken on a new role as Director of Pupil Personnel Services, receiving $115,000 annual salary which would easily afford at least two school counselors for students.

This is the education shuffle.

For superintendents, administrators, principals, and teachers the end of the school year brings a new shuffle of the educational personnel deck.

Buildings are closed, cleaned, renovated, and restructured and in six weeks when the dust settles, students will return to the same system of educational failure from which they found reprieve six weeks earlier.

Everyone knows the definition of insanity, “doing the same thing again and again while expecting different results” yet no one seems to recognize the insanity that exists within our current system of education.

Each year as the school year draws to an end, transfers and displacements are sent out and the mad hunt for a new building in which to work is undertaken by hundreds of school employees.

Each year hundreds of school employees begin a new school year in a new school with no discernible difference in the culture, atmosphere, climate, environment, or intent or focus of instruction from their old school.

Changing states, districts, or schools does not change the system of education that is failing our children.

Shuffling personnel from building to building does not help foster student achievement but actually deters it.

Educational success will only be achieved when the focus of education is placed on the children that we are charged with educating.

New directors will make a difference only if they have the courage and strength to take the district in a new direction.

Concentrating on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of ALL children is the only direction that will lead to their educational success.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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