says students are not getting the class time they need.Can anybody tell me more about this policy that ten hours of class equals three months of class work? For you TYC teachers who read Grits, is it true you've been pressured to "just check the boxes and give them credits"? Is that the case at other facilities? And if true, is that something that's been going on for a long time, or is it a new development?
"If there's a little problem, the whole room goes back to the dorm," she explained, "if there's one or two problems, everyone is punished not just the child inciting the trouble."
Despite those hours missed in the classroom, she says students are getting credit for hours they have not studied. "We were being asked to just check the boxes and give them credits," she said.
She tells us under the TYC scale, ten hours in the classroom equals three months of work. Its a tragedy that she worries not only affects the students, but wastes taxpayer dollars and ultimately makes our streets more dangerous.
"In the end the community is going to suffer, because they're going to turn to be adult criminals," said the former teacher.
The woman says she was punished for encouraging the boys to learn, getting creative and stepping out of the box in her lessons. And she's coming forward now, not only because she was fired, but also for her students. "I feel like I'm also their mother, their nurse, their teacher and yes, I would step out of the box again," she said.
Terminating a teacher with a good record for complaining about such deficiencies is equally disturbing, if that's really how it went down. Obviously there's a lot we don't know about this case, but the TV station reported that her last employee evaluation praised her, declaring the "teacher diligently works with students, engaging them in successful learning." So apparently the firing wasn't over job performance.
Because of the anonymity of the teacher and the lack of more specificity about her complaints, this news item raises more questions for me than it answers. But it certainly raises quite a few serious questions.
UPDATE: In other TYC news, a former TYC JCO at Brownwood was indicted for having sex with an inmate, AP reports today. He's been on paid suspension since Feb. 24, the article declares, and Friday TYC suspended him without pay pending his termination. That seems odd to me given how many people have been fired outright for much less serious reasons. This is "the fifth former guard at the Brownwood facility to face felony charges" since the West Texas scandal broke this spring, AP reports.