For those of you who wonder if this blog is read and if it makes a difference, you can rest assured that it does. For those of you who wonder if teachers from such a big district can unite against the mistreatment of children and teachers, you can rest assured that they can—and that they did so today.
According to multiple teachers who attended the convocation, faculties from all parts of the city (Hillcrest, Skyline, Marsh, Sunset, Village Fair, and many others) sat quietly as Miles danced, showed video clips, played sappy music and pretended to be supportive of teachers in front of the media.
Remember that all of the teachers present were “volunteered” to attend by their principals. They were forced to board buses as early as 8 am and many did not return to their campuses until at least an hour after the spectacle ended. It was a wrong and unfair way to treat teachers simply so that a principal could curry favor and advance their own careers.
It took admirable strength and courage for these same teachers to then sit still, to reserve their 1 or 2 ovations for student performers and to only clap politely for Miles while they were in front of their principals (many of whom got their job through Miles).
Teachers report that they were handed signs to hold up as they walked in and that principals sat amongst them and cheered loudly or sounded air horns in an attempt to force “their” teachers (as if they own us) to join in.
What kind of principal would participate in the charade? It’s dishonest. All teachers want to do is teach the kids; teachers don’t want to be used by principals to either score brownie points with their boss or to make a failing superintendent seem popular. Teachers don’t have time for this; teachers have rooms and lessons to prepare.
And if you watch the news and see coverage of the nonsense, teachers who were there want you to notice what you don’t see: you don’t see crowd shots of cheering, dancing teachers because there weren’t any crowds of teachers cheering and dancing. (In fact, in a clip from WFAA showing Miles and his minion principals dancing, you can clearly see blocks of faculties sitting still and quietly in the background.)
Today’s convocation showed that it isn’t just the odd school here or there complaining about Miles because they don’t like change.
Today’s convocation showed that it is teachers from across the district—the ones who didn’t quit—who do not support Miles with his ineffective, destructive ideas and his contemptuous treatment of the only people in the city willing to get in the trenches with the kids.