Just found out that the former science department at the high school I used to teach in will now have one science teacher and two full-time math teachers. This means that there will be even less science taught; the current principal has no appreciation let alone respect for science. Science is not part of the standardized test scores and therefore frivolous.
Even worse, the answer for those students who want to go into science is online courses for the content that they cannot teach due to lack of staff. I am even more grateful that I am returning to school, taking a new path instead of being slowly attacked (or for some attacked mercilessly).
I even offered to teach online but was rejected. Even though I would have taught for “free.”
Even more sad, the school board isn’t questioning, stopping, or asking for evidence supporting the principal’s methods. The one board member who has been questioning has been told he cannot ask questions any more; or speak out. Those who have wanted to speak out on the board have been threatened with lawsuits, libel, etc. and without any grounds, these board members have been silenced.
The total lack of professionalism, of ignoring scientific, logic, and evidence, none of this is being allowed, followed or utilized. Instead one person’s fanatical power trip bent on destroying others. In the end she too will be destroyed, in time, in time. . . only the students’ education will be harmed. I will be sending them science and math thoughts, information, and resources to pursue learning on their own. Some will survive. . . even thrive, at least I hope.