Saturday, April 28, 2012
The “last-hired, first-fired” ideology might work when everyone in a position is equally qualified and equally trained. Longevity in a position by itself proves nothing. Unless teachers from Meagher going to the George Washington School are trained in Montessori teaching methods, the thinking does not apply.
That eliminating the Montessori program is even being considered shows how far Kingston still needs to come in learning to assess the needs of its students. I urge Superintendent Padalino to consider every option before ending a program that is working locally.
A place to make any needed cuts might be in middle management. It seems to me we could do with fewer assistant principals and not lose well-trained, high-performing teachers. Young minds won’t wait while we learn that we made a bad decision.