I recently read with sadness the resignation letter of veteran history teacher Gerald Conti. In his letter, “My profession no longer exists“, Conti mourns the requirements of the Common Core and the Essential Learnings that “demean” the profession and rob teachers of their creativity. After a career of inspiring learners Conti realizes that the very qualities that made this possible are no longer valued or encouraged. Instead today’s teachers are expected to adhere lockstep to teaching scripts and one-size-fits-all lesson plans, helpless to halt the inexorable progression to standardised mediocrity.
He’s right. There is little room for inspired, creative teaching in the new dispensation – good teachers are squeezed out. The order of the day is adherence to prescribed curricula and national mandates.
He’s right. These reforms are an attempt to fix what may not be broken at his “superior secondary school.”
He’s right. There are good teachers who will be driven out of the professions by the new expectations, many good schools will no longer be able to do the very things that distinguish them.
But good teachers aren’t enough.
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