Fluco Blog has changed hands. Now it’s a personal view (mine) of issues facing public education and public educators in Fluvanna. I’m already reporting some of this on Facebook for the Fluvanna Education Association, but Fluco Blog gives me the chance to include more of my own experiences. Plus, it gives readers a chance to weigh in anonymously, if necessary. I hope Fluco Blog becomes a safe place for people to share their ideas on education in Fluvanna, and comment on anything that might make our schools better for students and staff. I speak at most monthly school board meetings and I’ll continue to pass on teachers’ ideas and information.
I’ve been teaching in Fluvanna for 25 years, and representing FEA members (almost half of the county’s teachers) to the school board, board of supervisors, and state legislators for the past several years. It’s no secret that FEA members want Fluvanna school employees to have a greater voice in decisions affecting teaching and learning. And we want to help with more than just the big issues, like curriculum and assessments. As a teacher, I’m losing my influence over even small, but important, classroom decisions. For instance, instead of determining instructional methods and pacing based on my own experience, I’m required to follow prescribed spelling, literacy, and math programs on a strict schedule of implementation. My professional expertise is often unnecessary, which is beyond frustrating, and leads me to retire this summer.
I am Perrie Johnson and (obviously) not speaking on behalf of my employer or any other organization. I hope Fluco Blog becomes a vehicle for helping Fluvanna teachers stay informed and cope with their challenges. I hope it becomes a forum for us to share our ideas and concerns, which I’ll continue to take to the Fluvanna school board. Fluco Blog is my small attempt to lighten the load for those I leave behind. I am in awe of you.