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A video that shows why teachers are going out of their minds

The video below is not a parody. It shows Chicago Public School teachers in a professional development session that will make you understand why teachers are going out of their minds and to what extent administrators have infantilized teachers.

Here is the video’s description on YouTube:

 This presenter was one of several consultants flown in from California and the United Kingdom for the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Strategic School Support Services’ special network. This is a professional development for teachers of Saturday ISAT [Illinois Standards Achievement Test] preparation classes.


Chicago Public School teachers attend a professional development session. (Obtained by The Washington Post)

As educator Larry Ferlazzo says on his Web site about this video:

Yes, you can make a lot of things look bad taken out of context, but I don’t think a case can be made that this is appropriate for any professional development, or classroom, context….


Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewish called it “sick” in this tweet:

A kindergarten teacher instructs two pupils in a class

RELATED: A little dignity, please: Teachers before they were famous

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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