De-skilling Teaching
Graham Brown-Martin

In my thirty years of teaching experience, I found that many/most administrators left the classroom for the main office because they either weren’t good teachers or didn’t like teaching. I recently retired, not because I tired of working with and inspiring teenagers, but because I was sick and tired of having people who weren’t skilled at the craft of teaching (or in some cases, had NO experience in the classroom) trying to force their nonsensical, new (NOT new, just used different acronyms) curriculum on those of us on the front line. Never — not once — did any admin or district people ever ask my opinion or encourage my input. If I were a recent college grad, I would not enter this profession.

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