School doesn’t happen in six hours
March 10, 2011|By Tribune staff reporter
What a wonderful world it would be if teachers worked only six hours a day.
If teachers worked six hours a day students would never have homework because teachers would not stay after school to grade it.
If teachers worked only six hours students’ assignments would never get graded. Students would never feel the need to finish them and even less to improve them. Grades would never be posted online because no teachers would spend their weekends entering grades on the computer.
If teachers worked six hours a day students would never do special projects because teachers would not spend hours designing them. Students would learn everything from their textbook. There would be no guided reading, no working stations, no science experiments, no hands-on math or science or anything that requires hours of preparation.
If teachers worked six hours a day parents would not have many notes from their teacher and meetings after school would never happen.
If teachers worked six hours a day classrooms would be clean and empty. Students would not have a lot of visual support because teachers would not spend hours making posters and hanging them.
If teachers worked six hours a day students would not have cumulative folders where all their information is recorded. There would not be individualized education plan folders, bilingual folders, gifted folders or response to intervention folders that help provide support to students. Administration would not have documentation of what is done in schools because no teacher would spend hours filling paper for them.
Thank goodness things are not the way Mayor Richard Daley thinks they are and our schools provide a much better education than the one we would provide if teachers worked six hours a day.
— Isabel Fernandez, Chicago