Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Schools going to a four day week

There are many schools thinking about going to a four day week.
Yes it would be bad for kids but more it would drop the support staff.
Being they would lose days at work, 32 hours a week.
That is $235 out of your $7+ wage after taxes.
Or going from 160 hours a month to 128 hours a month.
99% of the support staff would have to quit to get a better paying job to pay 
the rent. Or work two jobs, killing job responsibility and ending functionality 
of the worker in the work place making zombie workers!

This also is the view of fail "Do more with less" which is I have failed and have
to get the workers to run around in a panic and that is not a good thing to do
for Teachers. It's bad managing it says you have failed and are in a panic!
You don't want to take days away from Teachers!
There are only so many custodians around to give them hugs!

But really, it's a bad thing for schools to do that you will loose most of your
support staff and what Teacher will clean the bathroom today?

Something will have to be done life changes. If you pay taxes and get payed
like you are from the 1950's then all you will have is the 1950's!
Something will go up to get more funding!

~~~~~Four-day school weeks: Districts weighing benefits, but Hofmeister 
says it's bad for kids
A sudden surge in public schools looking to entice teachers and squeeze more
out of limited budgets by moving to a four-day week could change the way
thousands of Oklahoma students learn.

But State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister isn’t pulling punches on the subject
she says any benefits are questionable at best and believes the scheme is
detrimental to academic instruction.

“I think this is certainly being amplified in local school districts
because of the teacher shortage. Frankly, I think it’s a short-term, promotional
tactic to attract teachers at the expense of kids,” she said.

~~~~~More than half of teachers consider quitting in the next TWO years 
as staff struggle with heavy workload and want better work-life balance
More than half of teachers are considering quitting in the next two years, their 
union revealed. Staff are struggling with the heavy workload and want a better 
work-life balance, a survey by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) found. 
Nearly 40 per cent said they suffered low morale while 47 per cent said they 
believed the school curriculum and pupil assessment methods were 'narrow 
and uncreative'.

The union urged the Government to take urgent action, as some teachers claimed 
they worked 60-hour weeks.    

The YouGov survey of around 1,000 teachers also found them reporting reductions
in the number of support staff and teachers in schools across the country. 
Meanwhile, Michael Gove's introduction of performance related pay was labelled 
'not practicable'. Two thirds of those questioned said they were against it. 

A further 62 per cent thought plans for 500 new free schools will have a negative effect.
Christine Blower, NUT general secretary, said: 'The Government's current priorities are 
both wrong and profoundly out of step with the views of teachers. 
'They are the essential cause of the growing problems with teacher supply.
'This survey demonstrates the combined, negative impact of the accountability 
agenda on teacher workload and morale. 

'Teachers feel that the Department for Education's work thus far to tackle workload 
has been totally inadequate.' She added that nearly one million pupils were expected 
to join schools across the country over the next decade.  

She said: 'The Government's solution so far has been to build free schools, 
often where there are surplus places, and to allow class sizes to grow.
'Add to this a situation where teachers are leaving in droves and teacher recruitment 
remains low. We now have a perfect storm of crisis upon crisis in the schools system.
'The Department for Education remains wilfully and recklessly unable to see that they 
are the cause of teacher misery across England.'

Nick Gibb, schools minister, said teaching recruitment is at its highest level since 2008.
He said: 'We are working with the profession to understand and tackle the top issues
that teachers said caused the most bureaucracy, with leading education experts taking
action on key areas such as marking and lesson planning.'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3259382/More-half-teachers-consider-quitting-TWO-years-staff-struggle-heavy-workload-want-better-work-life-balance.html

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