Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Letter: Teachers aren't trusted
0 Comments
topical

Letter: Teachers aren't trusted

  • 0

In person learning may be back, but virtual learning hasn’t gone anywhere. As a teacher in Davenport Community School District, I am to monitor my students’ behavior as they use an education technology software — Lexia — which is to teach them reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary. In a 45-minute class, this is to be up to 30 minutes of instruction. Reading our novel is to take no more than 10 minutes of class. This is only, I’m assured, until the software can tell me the students’ deficits. At that time, the software will generate a lesson for me to teach the students.

Teachers have no say in the novels we read or the curriculum we teach or the software on the Chromebooks. The district does not trust our ability to know our students and what they need. They do not trust us to teach. We can no longer pass down the novels that inspired us to pursue the subject. Those things are chosen by a nameless bureaucrat at the central office. And now, we have been told that we are no longer allowed to print, all because students are to be using their Chromebooks for both reading and writing assignments.

We all struggled through the last year-and-a-half. But to react by alienating teachers from the subject we chose to teach, is not the answer. Our labor in the classroom feels robotic now, and I am willing to risk my job for things to change.

Erin Steckel

Bettendorf

0 Comments
2
0
0
0
0

Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Thank goodness for Gen. Mark Milley! It’s wonderful to know somebody was keeping an eye out for the country’s safety, while Trump was devolving into a muttering, stuttering, spewing glob of hatred — both about the election he lost and trying to rationalize the events of January 6 as just citizens exercising their right to freedom of speech. General Milley was only doing what he took an oath for, to “protect (the U.S.) from all invaders, foreign and domestic.”

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks has supported a few House votes, but not the legislation that matters most. House Democrats passed the "John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021" without Republicans. It’s the second time Miller-Meeks has opposed expanded voting rights legislation, voting against the "For the People Act."

Wake up, Iowa! Your penchant for voting for Republicans is endangering our democracy. The Republican majority in the Iowa Legislature voted for restricting Iowans' ability to vote, even though our last election was fair and fraud-free. The bedrock of our democracy is our ability to elect our leaders.

We shudder in horror when we watch men walk the streets fully armed as women flee for their lives, covering their faces and hiding in their homes. Neighbors are asked to spy on each other and report anyone who may be suspected of having committed a crime against the state. Children are schooled in a doctrine mandated by a small group of people who know what children need to learn and avoid any teaching that would interfere with their complete devotion to a way of life, ruled by the severe laws of a God who rules every aspect of their lives.

"Once a government is committed to the silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." This was said by Democratic President Harry Truman.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News