A neverending Great Leap Forward
Science Teacher (Current Employee) – Ashburn, VA – April 16, 2018
Remember back when Chairman Mao established the Great Leap Forward, where everyone in China would stop whatever they were doing and make steel? Sounds like a nice idea, until you realize no one was growing any food. That is what it has been like to work in Loudoun the last few years.
Every year, a great new program comes along, for example CLTs (look it up on an edufad web site, I'm sure there's info.) At my last school, meetings are more important than anything else, especially your planning time, so you just won't have any. You will be told that the meeting time is your planning time, and never be able to work in your room to, say, set up for a lab.
Meanwhile, the first 15 minutes of your meeting will be chitchat, and the rest will be an assortment of random tasks sent down by management, such as organizing students on to various lists according to how much help they need. Well. You'll never get an opportunity to help them--you'll be in a meeting.
Ten years ago, this place was so much better. Now? I'm running away before Chairman Mao comes up with the cultural revolution.
Inflexible, dogmatic management.