Most teachers are not teaching explicitly. This doesn't work for kids from the inner city who don't have books in their home. Most of the veteran teachers are delusional when they tell all their "wonderful" successes they've had in their classrooms. Most students graduate from year to year barely having moved a few months with their skill level. Implicit teaching works well with a certain type of population, but this population - if they want to go to college - needs much more support and effective teaching from teachers.
Honest school? Ha! Most teachers are oblivious to their ways of implicit teaching....most kids need explicit reading skills - hence all the behavior issues. Nepotism is alive and well....if a principal that was objective came in and reviewed the pedagogies or lack thereof and was completely honest with the feedback - there would be a major change occurring within the school. As long as Ayla runs the show and the main teachers that have been there for 10 plus years continue to stay - there will continue to be students in 7/8 grade who read at 4th and 5th grade levels and struggle with 4th grade math skills. Someone honest and objective needs to come in - without the agenda and the politics - and give most of these veteran teachers a rude awakening. Injustices are occurring every single day and it's unfortunate because I feel bad for the families and the city of Boston.
A lot has changed within this school and I have not worked here as long as other staff members. They moved to the Agassiz in JP. My experience has been the principal picks and chooses who she likes and makes things personal. Lack of support for teachers who are moving into a progressive environment. The principal will not name strengths of teachers, but focus on what needs to improve ONLY which is not beneficial. Student interns and paraprofessionals run the show when a teacher goes out or on leave. One teacher left due to lack of support, another teacher after 17 years due to a lack of empathy for his health and constantly asking him to do more, and another teacher left because he felt it was personal against him and the principal. I can't name another reason why a teacher was asked to leave, but the system asked him to leave, not the booted out. Parents are lied to about teachers having dual certification. Some teachers do, and some don't have the Special Ed licensure. The school is unprepared to handle a lot of issues when it comes to inclusion. To the outside it's inclusion, but not when students can't read and write. These students feel excluded whether they know it or not.
Mission Hill School cares about it's community, and every member of its students family. Learning is holistic and never once in the six years she has been there has my daughter told me that she did not want to go to school. I think that says it all.