By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD
I am been around public education in Georgia my entire life, and I am approaching 62 years old. In the old days, teachers were the kings and queens of their classroom. What they said went, and the administrators upheld their decisions and supported them in disciplinary matters. You always had some “weak sister”-type administrators. But, they were usually the exceptions to the rule. Today, if is very rare to find an administrator who supports teachers and makes the students behave. The moronic administrators refuse to address the out-of-control disciplinary problems in our public schools. A couple of days ago, a teacher called me and said, “Dr. Trotter, Pointe South Middle School is out of control! The students are cursing out teachers and everything!” MACE showed up at Pointe South Middle School. The response from teachers was very favorable. They are under attack, as are teachers nearly everywhere these days.
Dr. John Trotter has been the Chairman of MACE since its inception in 1995.
A hot July picket in Atlanta when Beverly Hall was still in power. She was later indicted.
A rainy picket in DeKalb when Crawford Lewis was still in power. He was later indicted.
These pitiful administrators these days try to “solve” problems by emphasizing more adherence to details lesson plans — but meantime the students are bouncing off the walls. The administrators are afraid of the students. They don’t want to deal with the discipline. They bury their heads in the proverbial sand. They hide in their offices, and if a teacher complains about the lack of support in discipline, they start writing up the teachers. What is sad is that one bad Annual Evaluation can lead to the termination of a career of a bright and dedicated teacher. All because the administrator — the groveling and ass-kissing administrator — is too incompetent and scared to make the students behave and prefers to use the TKES program (GTEP in yesteryear) to get rid of a teacher who is willing to stand up and speak out (professionally, mind you) about the deplorable teaching conditions.
At MACE, the mantra has always been this: MACE is entering its 21st year protecting and empowering classroom educators…one member at a time. MACE is entering its 21st year protecting and empowering classroom educators…one member at a time!