As I read Brooke Moore’s “Desperation” essay (End Notes, Spring 2011) it struck me that her administrators should be brought up on charges of lack of duty of care. What were they thinking, sending a first-year teacher, in her third month of teaching to a “network of performance based schools meeting” all by herself? Sending first year teachers to meetings where experience is important is not a way to set up your teachers, and by extension your students, for success! The first job of administrators is to ensure that duty of care of employees is carried out diligently, and that duty was surely missed in this case.
Take care of your teachers and they will take care of their students!!
Otto Wevers, Richmond Hill, Ontario