The latest issue of the NY Teacher came in the mail over the weekend. On the cover is a picture of an eager first year teacher. Inside is her story of how much support she receives as a new pedagogue and there other stories about the benefits of being in the UFT.
The new teacher states:
I didn't have support when I worked in a non-union private school in New York City for three years when I first started teaching. I used to go to school trembling. I don't have that nervous feeling in my stomach anymore. Now my mentor from the UFT Teacher Center comes in my room once a week...
Is this how it is in NYC public schools?
Are new teachers supported?
Are veteran teachers supported?
I have heard that there are new teachers who haven't received a mentor. I have heard that others are being forced to teach out of license. I am told still others are quitting in part because of a lack of support.
As for veteran teachers, many have that nervous feeling in their stomach every morning when they go to school because of either abusive administrators or students who can do anything they want without any ramifications or both.
I am grateful be in a union and agree it is better than not having one, however I have an issue with the UFT making it look like conditions are so wonderful in the schools when for many members they are not. It looks like the union in their propaganda campaign to show how wonderful it is working in the schools under Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina will do anything to accentuate the positive and bury the negative.
Personally, I am glad for the young teacher and others who feels supported but the union should only consider gloating when virtually every teacher feels this way.