Editor’s Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
To The Editor:
I teach at Canarsie High School. I am a graduate of Canarsie High School and have been teaching at the school since 1984.
I am very saddened that the school is phasing out. It’s as if the teachers of the school are invisible and will be disposed of as if we are yesterdays (sic) trash. I do not understand how the politicians got involved with education. Educational decisions are made by non educators (sic), why do teachers need degrees in education if decisions are made by non licensed personnel (sic).
Consultants come in and review the school and are not even from the United States. It seems that one does need a degree in education to make educational decisions. I have been a hard working dedicated teacher for many years and it’s as if one is not a part of the politics of this time and date you the teacher do not matter nor do the students of the community (sic). Why wasn’t the same resources that is (sic) supposedly put into the new mini schools in Canarsie put into the existing Canarsie High School (sic).
The school has been ignored for years and has been run by incompetent principals and the new principal Tyona Washington was placed into the school under false pretense to turn it around. She has not been given a chance to improve the school.
No one looked at the existing programs that have been successful in the school and no one in the new school seems to care or have any knowledge (sic) what could continue in one of the new mini schools. Yet we the teachers are supposed to carry on like nothing will change in the building.
The new principals are carving out parts of the building and educational seats will be removed to make way for more office space for the new schools and thus take away form (sic) existing Canarsie students, so how is this educationally sound (sic).
Teachers, who can find a job in other schools in the fall of 2008 will exit the school and not worry (sic) who is left and I do not blame them. Those who cannot find jobs once the school phases out will be left as substitute teachers.
As an elected official how can you go along with this morally empty and horrible plan that the public has no knowledge of (sic). As the borough president, how can you allow that Brooklyn schools be carved up and thrown away (sic).
The history of Brooklyn is being destroyed. The communities of Brooklyn have no neighborhood schools to get involved in and the students will go to schools out of the neighborhood.
How does this provide for better community relations and a better Brooklyn (sic).
Adele Leibowitz, RN
Nurse Assistant Teacher,
©2008 Community News Group
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