Thursday, July 19, 2007

Even where there are ESL teachers...

Samuel Freedman reports in the New York Times on a frustrating situation in which the few ESL teachers are pulled away from teaching ESL by paperwork and other tasks. Many of these teachers

"were responsible for completing more than a dozen different forms, evaluations, assessments and reports that came variously from the levels of district, city, state and federal government, and grading standardized tests.

Teachers like Ms. Rabenau were also repeatedly conscripted within their schools to substitute for absent colleagues, to proctor exams in other classes and to chaperon field trips."

1 comment:

The Ridger, FCD said...

That's because learning English is easy - babies do it! - and we prefer to bitch about people not being able to speak it than to assist them to learn.

I despair for my country sometimes.