Last night the St. Tammany Parish School Board voted to "phase out" the use of the Eureka Math Curriculum in the Parish by the end of the year. There were quite a few parents and teachers who testified both for and against the use of the Eureka Math (EngageNY) curriculum in our high performing district.
I'm going to write a series of blogs on the conversation, the misunderstandings, the testimonies and most importantly the FACTS about Eureka Math and how our district administration has failed the teachers and parents of this district. When a link to the video of the meeting is made available, I will post it.
A friend sent this article to me this morning and I will use it as my first post because it illustrates the overall atmosphere of distrust and animosity that has been promulgated by administration in pitting teachers against teachers and teachers against parents. The fact that I was heckled by many teachers as I approached the microphone toward the end of the meeting was quite disturbing, but because I understand that they have allowed themselves to be insulated from the realities of so-called education reform, it is incumbent upon me and others to take responsibility for them. I don't mean to imply they are incapable and I need to "mend their ways." Being a teacher myself (retired) I know the challenges they are facing and I also know WHY and HOW they have been placed there because of my work the last four years ADVOCATING for them and for our public school system.