Friday, February 11, 2011
Just when you thought no one could take the crown of Asshattery away from Ruben Brosbe, up pops a contender extraordinaire. Her name is Michelle Costa, and she is an A4E who works at Aspirations Diploma Plus High School. I give her name and school in the interests of the free flow of information, not so you can send her nasty emails at her DOE address or call her scab when she walks by. Those things would be wrong.
Michelle wrote a piece in The Brooklyn Paper telling us that senior teachers should be fired before her (not in so many words, but you'll get the drift). She starts off by telling us that she did not get into teaching for the money or vacation, but for the kids. This, she seems to believe, separates her from other teachers, who only took the job so they could collect vast wealth that they could use to hobnob with Mayor4Life in Bermuda every weekend. Her technique of telling us what she is not is actually quite good--I taught that opening technique to my 8th graders last week, so we know she on top of her writing game.
She spews much of the usual A4E drivel--let's get rid of U rated teachers and ATRs, and then find a way to get rid of ineffective teachers, who Ms. Costa can apparently identify in her own building by osmosis or something. Not much new here.
I took the liberty of looking up some data on Ms. Costa (A4E people LOVE data) and I have one question: Why is it that people who can't teach their way out of a soggy lunch bag are always the ones who call for senior teachers to be fired? First we had Michelle Rhee, who claimed she moved her students from the 13th to the 90th percentile, when she clearly did no such thing. Then we have our old pal Ruben, who scored a pitiful 41% on his TDR report when compared with other brand new teachers. Now Ms. Costa steps up to the plate and calls for getting rid of teachers based on quality when her own school just scored an F on the city's report card. See for yourself.
Now, you may say that Ms. Costa can't be directly blamed for her school's pitiful scores, but there are only 261 students there, so she must have taught quite a number of them herself. And reform people, such as Rhee, Duncan, and Obama, whose water Ms. Costa gleefully carries, are clearly in favor of firing all the teachers in a failing schools and replacing them en masse. They did this in Central Falls, RI and they'd do it again if they could get away with it.
In all fairness, I'm sure Ms. Costa considers herself a wonderful teacher in spite of the dismal failure of her school and her students. Nevertheless, her school was rated F, and we'd have to say based upon that that her own rating should be unsatisfactory. Her combined rating, therefore, earns her a big F-U.