On Election Day (November 4, 2014) While most teachers were at Professional Development the staff of Manhattan Center was sitting in the school’s library discussing the differences between Suburban schools and the New York City Public School system. It seems that principal David Jimenez did not prepare for Professional Development day. (This is nothing new for David Jimenez in 2013 Jimenez blew off the June 6th Professional development day to go ride the roller-coaster at Great Adventure.)
Jimenez had told staff members that they were going to have a Professional Development on using technology in the classroom. Unfortunately, on the morning of the PD the speaker cancelled. (If anyone believes this I have a bridge for sale. Cheap) According to staff members Jimenez went on an hour long tirade about How Suburban schools have more than City schools. (Now I’m just assuming here but this topic may have came up in New Jersey school Board meeting.) Jimenez then had staff members sit around for the rest of the morning doing Think, Pair, Share on the topic. (How is this topic going to help classroom instructions?) After lunch the staff was told that the rest of their professional development was to fix their rooms for parent teacher night.
Okay David, let me answer your question about How Suburban Schools differ from City schools?
The obvious answer is that Suburban schools serve a smaller population then city schools. This means that the student to teacher ratio is 20 to 1 in the suburbs as compared to the 34 to 1 ratio in the city schools. This allows for a more individualized instruction in the suburbs.
Second: Suburban areas use property taxes to pay for education. Many of these taxpayers have a stake in the school system, usually their children attend these schools and parents/taxpayers hold townships accountable when it comes to education.
Third, While corruption does exist in suburban areas it is usually dealt with rapidly. Oddly enough, school administrators who are fired from suburban areas for corruption often find Jobs in the New York City public school system.
Fourth, The Bureaucracy in suburban areas are usually smaller this means that they can supply schools with Textbooks, Sports Equipment, the Newest Technology and Provide teachers with adequate Professional Development.
FINALLY, PARENT INVOLVEMENT. In Suburban area Parents are the sovereign power, not the principal.(Thank your Lucky Stars David that you work in a city school. Because you would have been gone long ago.)