In 2000, I traveled to Brazil to visit a school that a former Pace University professor had established in one of the Favella of Rio De Janeiro. I was awed by the respect the teachers of the school recieved from the parents, students and the leaders of the Favella.
A year later I traveled to Argentina with another group from Pace University. We visited a school located in Tafi De Valle in the Tucuman area of Argentina. Once again I was awed at the respect for the educators of the school,
Recently we traveled to Belize. Every morning we would jog down the beach passing two schools. One was a public school, the other a Catholic school. Once again I awed by the respect given to the educators of both schools. It seems educators in these countries are valued and treated like professional.
Oddly enough, this respect turns quickly when a totalitarian government arises. In Cambodia during the era of Pol Pot educators were executed first. In Trujillo’s Dominican Republic educators were often censored or executed for going against government policies.
This past Sunday as I prepared to leave Belize I decided to catch up on the news back in New York. The top stories seems to referred to the weather. One New York Post caught my attention. It seems that the prinicipal who went after Francesco Portleos (http://protectportelos.org/) has a lot of skeletons in her closets.
After reading this story I immediately thought of Daniel Albetta who according to http://seethroughny.net/ has earned $160,000 in per-session in five years. Oddly enough, DOE Legal led by Joseph Barnello sent me a FOILED document stating that Albetta had made only $4,000 in per-session in five years. I find this kind of odd considering Albetta was the Athletics Director until last year. This per-session job averages about 160 per session hours. At a per-session pay scale rate of approximately $39.50 per hour. That averages to about $6,300 a year in per-session. So my question is; what is DOE Legal hiding considering that administrators and teachers are public servants.
Could it be that corruption in the DOE is running rampant?
In Today’s New York Post it seems that DOE has hired a tech firm known for its link to a kickback scheme.
(Here is a little history lesson on Tweed’s courthouse. Boss Tweed recieved kickback from contractors, suppliers and workers involved in the building of Tweed’s courthouse. I’m just curious has the ghost of Boss Tweed taken over someone’s body at Tweed.)
It’s seems that these sweetheart deals to Tech firms have been going on for the past 13 years. Remember the DOE spent 80 million dollars on ARIS then almost immediately schools were swamped with online Gradebooks and Skedula which did the same thing as ARIS.
Let’s us also not forget the Diane Lam Fiasco. Ms. Lam demanded to be paid as much as the chancellor then practiced Nepotism by hiring her husband for a job he was not qualified for. The list goes on and on.
Beside the monetary corruption, teachers in New York also face the non- stop harassment by incompetent administrators. Combine this with the constant attack of a crazed governor and we have the beginnings of Pol Pot type education system were teachers are targets.
In my travels throughout Latin America I have noticed that the teaching profession is highly valued and that teacher’s are treated with respect because that are providing a value assets to their nation. They are educating the next generation of leaders in hopes of improving their nations. Unfortunately, in the United States the federal, states and local governments view teachers as incompetent, greedy and selfish union workers with on their interests in mind.
So the questions are fairly simple
Why do Latin American and Caribbean nations value thier educators more then the United States?
Why do politicians who implement education policies attack teachers after the policies of the politicians fail?