Masha Albrecht 
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Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

I am in my 9th year as a math teacher at Berkeley High and my 25th year as a math educator. I have one child at Berkeley High and two at Willard. I know the stories intimately of all the teachers who speak up in this article, as their colleague, union representative, and neighbor. I will gladly vouch for the validity of their stories and am exceptionally proud of their willingness to speak up. The atmosphere at Berkeley High is so poisonous that even mentioning Peer Assistance and Review critically to community members can earn a teacher a letter of unprofessional conduct. A letter of unprofessional conduct can lead to dismissal. Indeed, I may be retaliated against for writing this post.
As someone who has had years of experience in curriculum writing and teacher training, I can guarantee that the pedagogical advice and support garnered from the PAR experience will not create a better classroom for our children. In fact, it will produce a classroom with a frightened, uninspired teacher trying to micromanage student voices to please a relatively uninformed and inexperienced evaluator. I don't think any parents want that for their children. I certainly don't want it for mine.
Masha Albrecht, Berkeley High Math Department

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Posted by Masha Albrecht on 04/03/2014 at 10:10 AM

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