AirTalk for July 25, 2013

The classroom battle: teachers versus the administration

Reknown teacher Rafe Esquith's new book, “Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!” shares his teaching secrets.

AirTalk has recently had LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and education activist Michelle Rhee on the show to discuss their reform agendas. But, what do teachers have to say about all these new proposals in education reform? Rafe Esquith, a veteran teacher at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles with a résumé full of accolades, joins AirTalk to discuss what it’s like working on the ground level for more than 25 years.

In his new book, “Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!” Esquith charges teachers new and experienced to not give up. He sympathizes with teachers who feel like they’re just ready to quit. For new teachers, Esquith warns against falling into the trap of trying to save every child, failing, and then quitting from disappointment.

Also, it seems like teachers today are not battling difficult students, they’re battling the administration. Although Esquith believes reform does need to happen, he thinks tests cannot be truly standardized. And when test scores are low, students should not feel like their worth is their test score and the teachers should not be thrown under the bus.

What are the secrets to Esquith’s classroom success? What makes a good teacher? Is the role of teachers changing? What should teachers be accountable for in the classroom? How do teachers feel about the Common Core? What is the best way to assess students and teachers?

Guest:
Rafe Esquith, a teacher at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for more than 25 years; he has been awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the American Teacher Award, Parents magazine’s As You Grow Award, the Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama, the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award, and was made a Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth; author of “Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!”

Rafe Esquith will be at a book signing at 7 P.M. tonight in Vroman’s in Pasadena. Click here for more information.

Also, Rafe Esquith will also be at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum on Tuesday, August 27th, at 7 P.M. Esquith will share more of the ideas behind his battle cry for teachers – “No Retreat, No Surrender!” Click here for more details and to RSVP.


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