In a secret recording, a first grade teacher at Success Academy in Brooklyn, NY can be seen angrily ripping up a child’s paper in their face then telling the child to go sit in a cool down zone.
“There’s nothing that infuriates me more than when you don’t do what’s on your paper,” she says loudly. She then demands that someone else in the class come and give the correct answer.
The irony in all of this is that the teacher, Charlotte Dial, is considered a model teacher by the school’s standards. She trains her peers on how to interact with kids and raise test scores. The video was filmed in 2014, but was given anonymously to the New York Times in November.
Ann Powell, Success Academy spokesperson said that the video was unusual and unacceptable. But Dial was only suspended for a week and still maintains model teacher status. Eva S. Moskowitz, the network leader, said that it was just a moment of frustration and not indicative of the teacher’s character. The principal of Dial’s school even managed to get a group of parents to defend Dial.
However, the New York Times was able to track down several former employees who said that Dial’s behavior was common and that the negative culture of the school is why they left.
One example, Carly Ginsberg, was only at her Success Academy school for 6 months. She reports that she once saw the principal mock a child’s low test scores in front of the child. Another time, “the lead kindergarten teacher in her classroom made a girl who had stumbled reciting a math problem cry so hard that she vomited.” Ginsberg quit in December.
So what do you think? Was Dial frustrated for a brief moment in time or is there an overall culture of child abuse at the school?
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