As a retired teacher with many years of experience in the classroom Ms. Shnall can write
with knowledge about the alarming state of morale of the teachers in the American public
She has taken a survey of the Chicago and New York City teachers, which reveals their
oppressive teaching conditions. The teachers describe in detail the abuse both of teachers
and students by the schools’ administrators. Good principals enhance a teacher's effectiveness
and have a positive effect on the students. But these seem to be in short supply. Many
principals are biased, politically motivated and, more often than not, unqualified for the
positions they hold. Few have enough experience in the classroom to qualify them to judge
and guide the teachers themselves. The teachers must deal with the stress caused by their
administrators. They receive little support and are harassed in some cases by vindictive
supervisors. There is a lack of security, and in many cases unsafe environments.
Teachers are asked for their solutions to these problems. But it remains for others to
address the situation. This should be necessary reading for educators, parents, elected
officials and higher education professionals.