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Bronx Science – another one bites the dust

August 11, 2009 am31 12:26 am

A reader reports – another several-years-experienced math teacher from Bronx Science has departed. This makes 12 of the 20 who signed the special complaint just over one year ago.

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Another one bites the dust

Another one bites the dust.
Just when you thought things could not get any more bleak in the Bronx Science Math Department, they did. Another good, experienced teacher is leaving – Jeremy Shahom. That makes 12 in a little over 1 year. Of the 20 teachers who signed the Special Complaint, only 8 are left – and for how long? This is the kind of employee turnover typical of a McDonald’s outlet.

It used to be that teachers fought to get into Bronx Science – now they fight to get out. I wonder who the replacements will be for the six who have just left – Alexander, Rosen, Klausner, Mirsky, Robertson, and Shahom. Maybe Jahoda will have to actually teach. Or maybe she, Cooper, and Reidy will reinstitute press gangs, by going to local colleges and kidnapping students as they leave their classes. I will bet that, collectively, the 6 teachers hired as replacements will have less teaching experience than the least experienced teacher being replaced.

I guess Reidy and Jahoda have won. Of course, the students have lost – they will now get the equivalent of a 4th rate math department. It gives new meaning to the phrase “pyrrhic victory”.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2009 am31 9:36 am 9:36 am

    Klausner is a good friend of mine. The stories she has told me are horrific. And, for the record, she was not being harassed the way Alexander was.

    Alexander is also a friend and did not deserve or earn the treatment she was given.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 2, 2009 pm30 3:09 pm 3:09 pm

    Two more left the Math Dept…Mebane(who was there since Feb 2009) and Schoenfeld who started in Sept 2008).

  3. bxsciteacher permalink
    September 2, 2009 pm30 5:50 pm 5:50 pm

    BRONX SCIENCE DOWN 10 MATH TEACHERS IN ONE YEAR – GREAT JOB JAHODA! 8.5 additional math teachers have left Bronx Science this year Ms. Robertson, Mr. Shahom, Mr. Schoenfeld, Mr. Mebane and Ms. Yeevsenko left over the summer. Schoenfeld and Mebane were hired in the fall and spring of this past year, respectively, and Yeevsenko was hired as a sub last fall. That makes 10.5 math teachers who have left since last September 2008: Abbott, Philip, Mirsky, Klausner, Alexander, Rosen, Robertson, Shahom, Schoenfeld, Mebane and Yeevsenko. I guess no one can stand working for Jahoda!

  4. Nathan permalink
    September 13, 2009 pm30 9:18 pm 9:18 pm

    I had the pleasure of mentoring Mr. Jeremy Shaholm when he was at John F. Kennedy HS about 6 or 7 years ago. Although I had been teaching for about 25+ years at that time, I was able to pick up a few tricks from watching Jeremy. His only weakness back then was that he occasionally went too fast & taught too much in one lesson. Other than that he was the very best young teacher I ever had the pleasure to work with and share experiences. It’s very sad indeed that because of politics and incompetant administrators, Bronx Science has deteriorated to such a low level. I retired a few years ago & I’m extremely happy teaching college algebra to students who actually can benefit from my experience. If I were offered triple the salary to teach in high school I wouldn’t accept. As I mentioned to the principal on my last day “I will never ever enter a high school classroom again!”


    PS Unless they get rid of the Dopes Of Education (DOE) it will only get worse-much worse!

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