I felt I had to respond to the Oct. 26 article concerning the special-education teachers whining about their boss, Special Education Principal Barbara Berman. They sound like teenage kids with their complaints about their mean boss.
They refuse to identify themselves for fear of retaliation. That itself is laughable. Thanks to the California Teachers Association, the LAUSD was unable to immediately fire teacher Mark Berndt for feeding semen-laced cookies and spoonfeeding semen to his blindfolded students. In fact they had to pay a $40,000 severance to get rid of him.
Then the CTA lobbied to kill SB 1530 in committee, a bill that would have made it easier to get rid of teachers who were sexual predators. So for the teachers to hide in this instance is a joke. Based on all the rules in place to protect teachers from being fired, they have nothing to worry about.
Their first complaint was: the kids swing was closed down after a student tore a hole in the protective cover. The question I would ask is: where were the teachers when this was happening? After all, these are special-needs kids, and they should be watched closely for their own safety as well as others.
Isn’t it the teacher’s fault this situation happened? And wasn’t Ms. Berman taking the proper step to close the swing until the mat was repaired to prevent potential injury to a falling student? After all, as the teachers kept saying, “It’s all about the students.” If they could not keep the damage from happening because of lack of supervision, what makes them think they could keep a student from being injured?
And if it was “all about the students,” why didn’t the teachers call the facilities department every day until the repairs were complete to expedite the process? Oh, that’s right – it isn’t in their contract.
The second complaint was the tricycles used by the students were not put away by the staff as directed. So the principal had them locked up for several days. While this might have been more about punishing the teachers with the unintended consequence of depriving the students of the trikes, it could have been easily avoided if the adults would have acted like adults instead of children.
The last paragraph was the most shocking of all. The unnamed teacher says the principal is “all about the rules and not the kids” and then goes on to say she “is all about the kids and not the rules.”
Excuse me, but in life there are rules we must follow even if we don’t agree with them. If you don’t like the rules, work to change them, or work harder, smarter or better and become the boss, then you can make the rules.
In closing, it is a good thing these unnamed teachers have nothing to worry about as far as retaliation, because in the private sector, they would have been gone long before now for acting so childish.