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NYC teachers revoke direct teaching disregard in top schools



NYC teachers revoke direct teaching disregard in top schools

An angry city teacher said instructions were immediately left at his son’s high school last year in a scathing letter to administrators and officials of the Ministry of Education.

Veterans DOE educator Jenny Lombard tore up the “poor” quality of teaching at Brooklyn Tech after the closure of city schools because of coronaviruses and demanded reform before the start of the upcoming school year.

“Brooklyn Tech’s failure to meet the needs of its students is endemic to a broken system that protects teachers and administrators against students, many of whom are vulnerable,” Lombard wrote to Principal David Newman, Assistant Principal Kelly Nottingham, Principal of Brooklyn High School Janice Ross, and North Brooklyn Trustees Karen Watts.

The old Manhattan drama teacher said that the staff had burdened the children with assignments and homework without real instructions.

“Out of my seven sons, six have done exactly ZERO ONLINE SECONDS from synchronous instructions,” he wrote.

While many city educators have provided some form of direct teaching, many parents throughout the city have been lamenting about the detachment of their instructors during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Federation of Teachers’ Union advises members that they are not obliged to provide direct instruction during a pandemic – even if requested by the school principal.

Jenny Lombard and her son, Julian Marshall
Jenny Lombard and her son, Julian Marshall

“My son, and others like him, are expected to study complex high-level science courses, advanced languages ​​and calculus entirely on their own, without any instructions,” Lombard said. “If they can’t do this, they face a failing value. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Tech teachers, schools, and the public school system are generally assumed to be entirely irresponsible for their own failure to meet the educational needs of students. “

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A UFT spokesperson pushed back the idea that most teachers opted out of direct teaching.

“The teacher creates a mixture of techniques during distance learning, all aimed at ensuring they reach all students,” he said. “A sample of about 100 UFT members found 90 percent including many direct instructions and training sessions every week.”

Lombard told The Post that his request for direct teaching from staff was ignored and that Newman told him he was powerless to force the practice.

The administrator said that the parents were at the mercy of each teacher’s choice and that he had lost his hand.

Unable to teach himself, Lombard said his son had failed a class he had previously done well and was increasingly withdrawing and becoming confused about it.

“I have talked to many parents who share my concerns,” he said. “Our children’s grades have declined dramatically since the closure of the New York City Public School System. These children are not exceptions, but the rules. “

DOE and UFT both recognize the big challenge of switching to distance learning, but in general make it successful due to difficult circumstances.

Direct teaching was initially hampered by a sudden DOE ban on the popular Zoom web conferencing application due to security issues and subsequent recovery.

Teachers who are not tech savvy also said they struggled to manage classes on previous foreign platforms while others were worried about online broadcasting from their homes.

But Lombard said there was little reason to completely abandon direct teaching and tear it apart because it allowed what he considered professional negligence.

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UFT advises teachers to provide synchronous education “to the extent possible” in their personal circumstances, Lombard wrote.

“Try to imagine anger when the public is told that ‘as far as possible’ has been interpreted by the administration and staff of Brooklyn Tech which means that there is absolutely no need for direct student teaching,” he wrote.

Lombard’s letter argues that the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on schools take a huge risk on low-income children.

“In the current socio-political climate, please take a moment to ponder how the public can receive this news, especially given the fact that the New York City testing school, a jewel of the New York City Public School System, failed to make students and especially their minority students at the level which is higher than before. “

Lombard urged changes in distance learning policy before the beginning of next year and said children who fail in their classrooms must be thrown for lack of adequate teaching.

“This is an important issue now and this is an important issue for the fall,” he told The Post on Wednesday. “I just don’t understand how schools can justify not teaching directly.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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