What if I were to extend the school year for another 100+ days beyond the already allotted time frame and when students got to class, called for an unsupervised study hall day after day because I refused to enact a lesson plan?
Imagine all of the school buildings needing to be kept open, the meals that needed to be prepared and served, and the buses that had to ran routes to bring students to schools.
Those cost money, but Berger and Moore had no problem spending tax payer money to keep the NCGA in session just to maybe create a favorable situation to override a constitutional veto.
What if I were to call only certain students to an early morning study session and neglect to invite other students just so that I could let them see the actual test before I gave that assessment later in class?
That sounds like what happened on Sept. 11th when Tim Moore called for a vote to override Gov. Cooper’s veto when conditions were manipulated to allow only Moore’s cronies to be present and have enough of a GOP majority for a favorable outcome without regard for those who were not in the room.
What if I kept telling students that there would be a test on a certain day in which they had to prepare long and hard for but kept cancelling it at the last minute only to reschedule it for the next day and cancelling again?
What if I called for a test to be given and showed up to class an hour late as if nothing was wrong? ALL BECAUSE TOO MANY OF MY STUDENTS SHOWED UP FOR CLASS.
That sounds like what happened every time a veto-override was scheduled for the NCGA Senate chamber but never happened because all of the 21 Democrats were present.
What if I made sure that only certain students were seated in a place where they could not only access the board and computer stations but could clearly hear the teacher’s words while making sure others were in a place in the room that had bad lighting, broken desks, and away from other resources? And I still expected all students to perform well?
That sounds like gerrymandering.
What if I could simply choose students to be in my class I know could pass the standardize tests that measure my “effectiveness” and make sure that other students who might need more attention are concentrated in classes in other buildings – maybe even trailers?
That sounds like gerrymandering again.
What if there were some students in my class who needed medical attention for a malady or injury that just happened but I only allowed half of them to go to the school nurse (if there is one there that day)?
That sounds not expanding Medicaid.
And what if there were supplies and resources that my class desperately needed to conduct class and implement state mandated curricula that could be bought with readily available funds but decided not to use the money because it’s more important to say that I didn’t spend all of the allotted funds and brag about my fiscal responsibility?
That sounds like that huge state surplus we have in NC when schools need more funds.
What if I ran my classroom like Berger and Moore have been running the North Carolina General Assembly?
My students’ scores would absolutely suck. And every variable outside of the classroom that affects student achievement would be so exacerbated that a no “reform” could even mitigate the effects.
But, by God, I would ram those “reforms” down the throat of this state so someone could profit by it.
Stuart Egan is a veteran Forsyth County educator who blogs at the website Caffeinated Rage, where this post originally appeared.