Lots of parents cry out loud when they hear another inservice day is coming up. The trend here in Carlsbad schools and I guess everywhere has been to schedule more and more “in-service” hours.
I know that the schools are trying to train teachers and to help them achieve competencies that improve students’ outcomes and help teachers earn more. I don’t know if it is working. I don’t remember reading of anyone claiming that teacher performance improves after these sessions. I don’t see the ‘riting of young job applicants here improving. I don’t know if anyone has done the ‘rithmatic.
“In-service” means the school is “out of service.” It also means for plenty of working parents that they are “out of service.” It means that daily routines and local businesses with parents as employees and the local economy are affected. Are we sure the cost to the entire community is worth the benefits?
My question is: Do we have to stop teaching in the middle of school to train teachers? The loudest arguments from teachers arise from how it takes their “free” summertime to keep up with their training. If this is so, why are we doing more and more during the year?
Somebody teach me something here. Convince me this is the best method; or add up the costs and let’s do it differently.
Phone (575) 887-7563
Fax (575) 887-7000
1609 Radio Blvd
Carlsbad, NM 88220