City Paper is not for tourists
Last week, D.C. education nonprofit DC VOICE released the results of their Ready Classrooms Project, a survey of 104 DCPS teachers conducted in the spring. The study, now available online, reports teacher sentiment on a wide range of issues: class size, “teaching to the test,” parent involvement, classroom management, school safety. There’s lots of interesting stuff, but here’s the whammy stat:
“The teachers were asked if they like how the school system is run and to provide reasons for their answers. Eighty percent of the teachers replied no to this question, 8 percent replied yes.”
The remaining 12 percent said they both like and dislike aspects of DCPS management.
When the 80 percent were asked to explain their discontent, the most common response was “a lack of respect for and blaming of teachers.” Other frequent complaints are “poor communication between the District and local schools” and “a rigid governance structure” that “does not pay attention to what is happening in the classroom, nor allow for questions to be asked.”