A Word For Hart County Board of Education And Superintendent Jerry Bell…Hart County Teachers Are Feeling Disrespected And Disheartened.


Heroes Are Really Teachers!

     [Note:  The Hart County teachers have encouraged MACE Staffers to attend a meeting of the Hart County (GA) Board of Education.  MACE will oblige.  Making the trek up Interstate 85 tomorrow afternoon.  Dr. Trotter provided the attached notes that are now being published here on GTSO to indicate the crux of his remarks.  Once Dr. Trotter gets wound up, he never speaks from notes, but he likes to leave the audience with the indelible written word.]

     Most people do not go into the teaching profession to get rich.  They go into the teaching profession because they want to make a difference in the lives of the children whom they interact with each day.  They love seeing the spark go off when a student finally learns a concept, a skill, or develops an understanding of the world.  The teachers’ rewards are often intrinsic, but these intrinsic rewards cannot be exchange at the grocery store, the gas pump, or for their own children’s college tuition.  They need to be rewarded both intrinsically and extrinsically.  The way that we can show a teacher respect and appreciation is not only in being free and plentiful with compliments, recognitions, and praise, but in making sure that the school system’s resources are spread around equitably and fairly.  With these thoughts in mind, let’s look at the word R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Recognize and respect those who actively teach the children each day…

Empower the teachers to do their jobs rather than undermine them…

Support the teachers in disciplinary matters…

Pay the teachers as professionals, not as afterthoughts…

Effuse the school system with praise…

Cease the carping and snoopervision…

Think before you criticize the teacher…

     Classroom educators are in the trenches every day.  They are doing battle with ignorance, apathy, defiance, disruptive behaviors, disturbances (and not just from the children but from adults in the office), and bureaucratic red-tape each day.  They know what the real issues are.  They know that the motivation to learn is a social/familial/cultural phenomenon but that educrats always want to deal with the lack of learning as a technical breakdown or a lack of training for teachers rather than a student just refusing to learn.  The teachers don’t need the endless and mercurial staff development trainings ad infinitum; what the teachers need is support from the administration.

     Hart County Teachers know what teachers all over Georgia and this country know and what the Metro Association of Classroom Educators (MACE) has been harping on from its inception in 1995, and it is this simple but undisputed statement:  You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions.  Mr. Bell, it is just that simple.  Anything else is chasing windmills or urinating in a hurricane.  It is just pipe dreaming and trying to convince the Hart County Community and School Board that you are making a valiant effort to improve education in Hart CountyMr. Bell, you and the Hart County Board of Education need to get behind the teachers, show them respect, and pay them accordingly. 

     Here is the kind of genuine school reform which I think nearly all Hart County teachers can agree on…

Four Horsemen of Real School “Reform”

By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD and Norreese L. Haynes, BSBM

   Reform # 1:  Restore classroom discipline.  Make sure that teachers are supported when it comes to classroom discipline.   Order is the first law of the Universe.

   Reform # 2:  Realize that you cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions.  Top-down, heavy-handed snoopervision is counter-productive to establishing good teaching conditions.

   Reform # 3:  Put the onus for learning on the students and their parents.  This is the modus operandus of the private schools, and it works.  Pampering the spoiled students and indulging their irresponsible parents do not work.

   Reform # 4:  Realize that the motivation to learn is a social/cultural phenomenon.  Teachers teach the students, not learn the students.  If a student refuses to learn, then U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan himself cannot make this student learn and therefore should not be held accountable for the student’s refusal to learn.  (c) MACE, September 9, 2010.

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2 Responses to A Word For Hart County Board of Education And Superintendent Jerry Bell…Hart County Teachers Are Feeling Disrespected And Disheartened.

  1. Look forward to the day- soon coming- when MACE officials will travel down another Interstate highway in our state to bring the twin messages of RESPECT and REAL REFORM to east central Georgia.

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