Horrifying: Public School Teachers Forced To Attend Infantilizing “Professional Development”
The video above is not a parody. It shows Chicago Public School teachers in a professional development session that will make you understand why teachers are going out of their minds and to what extent administrators have infantilized teachers.
Here is the video’s description on YouTube:
This presenter was one of several consultants flown in from California and the United Kingdom for the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Strategic School Support Services’ special network. This is a professional development for teachers of Saturday ISAT [Illinois Standards Achievement Test] preparation classes.
As educator Larry Ferlazzo says on his Web site about this video:
Yes, you can make a lot of things look bad taken out of context, but I don’t think a case can be made that this is appropriate for any professional development, or classroom, context….
I remember, 20 years ago, attending a “Seminar for Displaced Professionals” (support group for THE UNEMPLOYED) where the “motivational speaker” was urging everyone to “repeat after me” these “motivating, affirmation slogans.”
I stood up and said THIS IS BULLSHIT!
I mean what were they going to do, fire me? I was UNEMPLOYED.
YOU DON’T DO THIS TO ADULTS or in fact anyone above the age of three.