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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | Somewhere between centralization and decentralization is a reasonable medium. As a primary teacher I find the current “units of study” we are expected by the district to use very difficult and time consuming to implement, and uninteresting to my students. And the endless district testing is so time consuming—and it must be incredibly expensive!

On the other hand, since I’m a teacher, not an administrator, I don’t want to spend endless time in operations-type meetings deciding who we should get supplies from, or how to manage the budget, or any of the zillion other decisions that would have to be made by an autonomous site.

These meetings sap time and energy teachers need to plan and prepare the best lessons they can present.

Why, why, why can’t the district give teachers the best and most complete profession curriculums they can afford and just let us teach?

Why do they insist on rewriting every single subject and leaving us scrambling and exhausted trying to implement their lesson plans?

We know the standards, we know our students strengths and weaknesses, we know how to add sparks to lessons to involve students. And we usually know who, on our site, to ask if we need help.

I don’t care how, or if, they split up the district. I just wish they would get out of my classroom and let me do my job the way that would work best for me and for my kids. My students would learn better, enjoy school more, and do well on THE TESTS.

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