Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Would You Rather Have a "Career Ladder" or Just One Less Prep and Another Planning Period?

I don't think there is any functional difference between saying "teachers need a career ladder" and "teachers need a ilghter class load and more time to prepare and do other things during the day." Because practically speaking, a "career ladder" means (to me) that beginning teachers have a lighter load to work with mentors, etc, experienced teachers have a lighter load to have time to work with beginning teachers, and inevitably the teachers in the middle will need more time off to do whatever they're supposed to be doing in their ladder.

I'm guessing reformy teachers like the sound of "I want a career ladder" more than "I want a lighter load," and "career ladder" seems more politically palatable, but really, it is the same thing.

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