My second child is in K1 and the workbooks are quite fascinating in their own way.
Does the teacher have time / need / inclination to do anything other than plod through these books ?
I guess it smoothes out the results - the trully cr8ppy teachers don't have such a bad effect - but if I were a teacher who enjoyed 'teaching' I would find it very restrictive.
My older child is in middleschool doing MYP and that seems ok. I do see some "here is the standard, meet it" attitude - leaving the children to scrabble towards the understanding as best they can - but the teachers seem to understand what they're teaching. (ok, I had a few strange teachers myself when at school). It's hard sometimes to see a path around the speed, because there is a lot of information to cover - and the programme's 2-language emphasis increases the load. A relief for me, though, as we now have GCSE textbooks in the house and the homework essays and lab-reports can be in English.
That's 18 classroom hours. What about lesson planning, homework-marking, exam-grading, curriculum meetings, staff meetings, parents' meetings, organising the bloody studniowka, catch-up lessons for the students who missed key material because they were given time out to dance the f**king Polonnaise during class hours? 18 hours can easily turn into 30 or 40 depending on the exam season, and even with two months of holiday, 25k zlotys a YEAR is a criminally low salary.
25K - for an 18 hour week ... is this for an experienced teacher?
I'm curious -- I remember a school-teacher friend in the UK spending hours marking and preparing, but to be honest I don't see a lot of that in lesson plans here. In Primary School the lessons are all laid out in detail, in Middle I see a lot of "Reuse Reduce Recycle".