Thursday, January 17, 2008

Students Don't Learn As Much With Substitutes As With Full-Time Teachers

It took a Duke University professor to figure that out?

As I write this there's only one comment on the subject at Joanne's site. I cannot help but completely agree with that person.


Ellen K said...

Just another example of money going for a meaningless study to expose the obvious. Publish or perish at its finest!

MikeAT said...


What federal bureaucrat blessed off on this piece of crap?!

OTS, how does the sub program work at your school? Do they have a group of “authorized subs” waiting each morning in case someone threw their back out…is this a district or school level operation?


Darren said...

Subs register to work in a district (sometimes more than one) and wait to see if their phone rings when a job becomes available. It sucks from a stability standpoint, but it's great if you only want to work a couple days a week--or only on this day or never on that.

When I need a sub, I phone/internet in my missing day(s), even if school starts in a couple hours, and a computer calls subs and sees who wants to take the job.

Ellen K said...

I avoid being absent because in most circumstances even when I leave detailed lesson plans and materials, those are not used. It's simply marking time and frankly it would be time better served watching a video, which at least in content and delivery, I can control. Sorry if this seems blunt, but I am off today, having just finished grading my finals for the last semester. My rant is on my blog. I am getting frustrate with a system which wastes money on a cycle of programs that get used, abused and discarded, when having viable substitutes or even more teachers, has become a hands off topic.