I am a public school teacher. One might think my job is teaching students how to read, write, and complete mathematics problems. After all, there is a major push to have my evaluation be based on how well my students perform on tests that supposedly measure those skills.
Yet, within the walls of the school, there is little discussion as to how to teach students those subjects. There are several posts here that document the other things we teach. This is another of those.
Politicians in New Jersey have decided that my current suicide prevention training is not enough.
The bill requires public school teachers and staff to receive two hours of suicide prevention training from a licensed health care professional every year, up from the current requirement of two hours over five years.
Now to an outsider, one might not think this is a big deal. It’s two hours a year, after all. Of course, that is on top of sexual harassment training, OSHA training, bullying prevention training, and a few others I have forgotten. We spend 20 hours yearly in training, most of it non-academic.
Yet I am evaluated not on the self-esteem of my students but rather their academic performance.
One would think the training would reflect the expectations.
As I continue reading this morning, here is another initiative finding its way into school: teaching children how to deal with police officers. Oh my . . .
Just a question I know no one will take seriously. Why are schools advocating this? Where in its curricula, standards, or mission is training students how to deal with law enforcement?