The ongoing political debate over education budget cuts has been strongly defined by the last in-first out policy for laying off teachers with less experience. Has this created a generation gap between older and younger teachers?

As the Job Changes, Tensions Grow and Teachers Seek Refuge in Classroom

As the Job Changes, Tensions Grow and Teachers Seek Refuge in Classroom

The subject of Tara O’Callaghan’s recent eighth-grade reading class is doubt. Specifically, students are reading “All of the Above,” Shelley Pearsall’s tale of a ragtag middle school math class that is counted out but defies the odds to build the world’s largest tetrahedron. Most of the students in O’Callaghan’s class can’t pronounce tetrahedron, but this  Read more »

“Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t listen to parents like me.”

“Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t listen to parents like me.”

The mayor and his education adversaries have spent what is estimated to be nearly $3 million on competing TV ads–and it’s not even an election year. The ads are part of an advertising campaign between the United Federation of Teachers and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg centered on changing the hiring and firing practices of NYC teachers.  Read more »

Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide

On his first day of school as a special education teacher in Brooklyn four years ago, a colleague offered Doug Monroe a prayer. From “The Exorcist.” “I remember it vividly, because I was standing there waiting for the class to come in, and a paraprofessional from Central America with a very thick accent came and  Read more »

Videos

Videos

The three 7th and 8th grade Literacy teachers at P.S./I.S. 187 are redesigning the curriculum for next year, and are butting heads about which books should be taught. Some attribute the disagreements to a generation gap between them. Tara O’Callaghan, a sixth year teacher at P.S./I.S. 187, talks about “last in, first out,” and how  Read more »