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Teachers might give up planning days to teach - Hawaii News

There are 16 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 1, 2009, titled Teachers might give up planning days to teach - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

State teachers are looking at giving up some planning days in order to increase classroom time in response to the 17 furlough days per year resulting from budget cuts.

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Since: Aug 08

Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#1 Oct 1, 2009
Instead of decreasing the budget of the DOE administration they hit the teachers

http://doe.k12.hi.us/reports/budget/09%20budg...

http://doe.k12.hi.us/reports/budget/BienniumO...

In the end the keiki o ka aina lose *as usual.*

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Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#2 Oct 1, 2009
"Kaiser Principal John Sosa said he met with the leaders of the school teaching teams, who agreed to advance the proposal."

Of course, the principals aren't giving up ANY days. Their union didn't agree. So they will show up when the kids are out. How altruistic!
ainakai

Honolulu, HI

#3 Oct 1, 2009
Aloha John Sosa, Good to see that you still care about Hawaii's keiki.
Shibai

Washington, DC

#4 Oct 1, 2009
NOTE: It say "MIGHT," not that they actually will. As in they MIGHT take random drug tests, or they MIGHT actually teach something someday.

Since: Feb 08

Honolulu, HI

#5 Oct 1, 2009
They should also make Wednesdays a full day.
agile

Mililani, HI

#6 Oct 1, 2009
So-called "Planning Days" are nothing more than teachers sitting around eating and talking story, with enough notes or a calendar filled out to make it appear as though they did work. Same curriculum, same rotten test results. The "planning" days are useless. What results are seen??
CougarNoKaOi

Honolulu, HI

#7 Oct 1, 2009
Thanks Kaiser HS!
What no planning

Honolulu, HI

#8 Oct 1, 2009
Are they now telling us that the teachers don't need "planning" and "collaboration"?? So, all these years, the teachers were taking classroom time away from the children for no reason?? Every day we slowly learn more and more about what is going on in our schools. Maybe we really don't need all the teachers we have. Maybe all the school administrators aren't needed since they don't actually manage what is going on in the schools.
lookie here

Honolulu, HI

#9 Oct 1, 2009
-Lana- wrote:
Instead of decreasing the budget of the DOE administration they hit the teachers
http://doe.k12.hi.us/reports/budget/09%20budg...
http://doe.k12.hi.us/reports/budget/BienniumO...
In the end the keiki o ka aina lose *as usual.*
biggest loser here is you, Lana.
localandstaying

Honolulu, HI

#10 Oct 1, 2009
What no planning wrote:
Are they now telling us that the teachers don't need "planning" and "collaboration"?? So, all these years, the teachers were taking classroom time away from the children for no reason?? Every day we slowly learn more and more about what is going on in our schools. Maybe we really don't need all the teachers we have. Maybe all the school administrators aren't needed since they don't actually manage what is going on in the schools.
What a poor way of looking at it. Way to go Kaiser!! Yes, I graduated from there!!
min instruction days

Honolulu, HI

#11 Oct 1, 2009
Is the DOE meeting the minimum amount of instruction days with the furloughs? If the school days are at the minimum, we are just getting by....
HI DOE Parent

Honolulu, HI

#12 Oct 1, 2009
Translator

Keauhou, HI

#13 Oct 2, 2009
HI DOE Parent wrote:
You're wasting your breath at the Capitol. The legislators will all say, "We support parents, but this decision was from the Board of Education." And they would be correct.

Parents need to get involved in large numbers and testify at the upcoming BOE meetings.
http://www.boe.k12.hi.us

You can also submit testimony on line.

All Meetings at 3pm at the Liliuokalani Building across from the Capitol next to Washington Place.
October
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kimo

Kihei, HI

#14 Oct 13, 2009
What no planning wrote:
Are they now telling us that the teachers don't need "planning" and "collaboration"?? So, all these years, the teachers were taking classroom time away from the children for no reason?? Every day we slowly learn more and more about what is going on in our schools. Maybe we really don't need all the teachers we have. Maybe all the school administrators aren't needed since they don't actually manage what is going on in the schools.
No, they're telling us that teachers don't need to GET PAID for planning and collaboration. Most teachers today think they need to get paid for every minute of work. Teachers don't take work home any more. Teachers don't meet after school any more unless they're getting paid for it. This disgusts many retired teachers who took papers home to correct, met for hours after school, stayed until 5:00 preparing things for their students, etc. Teachers are different now days and it's partly due to union mentality (getting paid the most for the least amount of work) and the younger "me first" generation.
alice

United States

#15 Oct 13, 2009
Kimo is right..in the old days the teachers would have stayed on the job no matter what. To them, the children and teaching were sacred. Teachers today are talentless and not even professionals anymore.
Another Thing

Honolulu, HI

#16 Oct 13, 2009
alice wrote:
Kimo is right..in the old days the teachers would have stayed on the job no matter what. To them, the children and teaching were sacred. Teachers today are talentless and not even professionals anymore.
I assume you and Kimo are teachers and know first hand that teachers no longer sacrifice like "in the old days." If you are teachers, quit, and let those who CAN teach do so. If you aren't teachers, quit generalizing. Perhaps you are friends with lazy teachers and hear their stories. Perhaps you know some lazy construction workers who do nothing all day. Maybe you know some welfare recipients who take advantage of the system. I *DO* know several teachers who spend endless hours with at-home work. One I know intimately who loses sleep because of parents and the public who show no support for children except to complain about things they know nothing about! Have you camped overnight at a school to provide support for a special project being worked on by community volunteers? Do you set a good example ALL the time so when children see you out of the classroom, they know how they should act in society? A teacher is a 24-7 role model. Look for the teachers like that and you'll start what I see. Then praise them. Thank them. Look for the rotten apples and of course you will see them. Just be sure that YOU aren't one of the rotten apples in our society!

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