Teachers feel powerless.
This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child’s classroom feel they are effectively without a voice.
When new teachers are concerned about their performance in the classroom, going to an assigned mentor opens the possibility of being perceived as weak or faltering. The additional fear is that an offhand remark that claims the newbie isn’t hacking it will reach a supervisor.
When a tenured teacher has…