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"Problems at Challenger"

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Former Employee - Lunch Worker in Salt Lake City, UT
Former Employee - Lunch Worker in Salt Lake City, UT
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Kids at Challenger do score well on tests, They are generally ahead of their public school peers and are well behaved.

Cons

Challenger does not accept feedback fro parents or staff. It is their way or the highway. There is a large turnover of staff. Teachers are not required to be certified and many are there for tuition breaks for their kids. Curriculum is set in stone and leaves little room for creativity.There are no extra programs such as band, sports, foreign language etc. Also Challenger;s founder is very right wing. She supports the Tea Party and the John Birch Society. During the last election the campuses were plastered with campaign adds for her candidates and teachers are required to write an essay on their views on America as part of the hiring process. What you say impacts the decision on whether you will be hired.. The political views trickle down to the classroom.

Advice to Management

Allow more flexibiillty, expand curriculum, require certification, listen to parents and teachers and get politics out of the school. Teach kids to think, not what to think.

Other Employee Reviews for Challenger School

  1. Helpful (4)

    "It's a very fun place to work, especially if you love kids."

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    Current Employee - Extended Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Extended Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends

    Pros

    The compensation is great, the benefits are irreplaceable, the management is very respectful and careful when speaking with me. I feel like I am a cherished employee; all they expect is honest, hard workers and the management will be very nice.

    Cons

    It's hard to think of some, but the con is that they have a book on behavior management and craft projects and they want you to do everything from the book...so sometimes when i want to just be creative with a craft its not possible because they want it from their book. Also if you read stories from home, they don't like that. Everything has to be the 'challenger way' which seems kind of rigid at times, but its not too bad.

    Advice to Management

    none, they are great


  2. Helpful (8)

    "A private school with a good philosophy towards education that is inconsistently executed."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Challenger has some great students. They are smart and for the most part dedicated. Class sizes can vary, but at the smaller campuses they are terrific, with classes often below 20 students. Larger campuses have more students per class but are able to be choosier about students, so the quality of students and thus the classroom environment is higher. Compensation is good for a non-union school, though unionized public school teachers make a lot more after a few years. They have a philosophy that strongly supports individual effort and achievement, not a "feel good" focus on self-esteem through a lack of meaningful feedback.

    Cons

    Do not expect loyalty from management. Their philosophy is that the curriculum teaches itself and they can always replace a teacher. Management has a fearful attitude towards technology - teachers do not have company email or internet access while on campus. There is no option for video or a computer projector in class, and even when teachers are willing to provide their own they are forbidden from doing so. Benefits are limited and expensive. Fear of liability often leads to a great deal of control being placed upon students, which undermines the philosophy of individualism. The focus on curriculum time does not account for students' need to break focus or to just get outside and blow off steam. As a result, students will drop their focus when they need to, which is often in class. This seems to result in students not developing self-control and instead relying on control to be imposed upon them.

    Advice to Management

    Apply some of the same standards applied to managers and teachers training towards student training. Regular breaks are given, not just shifts of attention. Snacks can be had if they are brought by the participants. If adults can benefit from video training, why is it impossible to effectively use some video in class? Technology like document cams and PowerPoint, when EFFECTIVELY used, help teachers maintain classroom management by allowing them to remain facing the students at all times and instantaneously put up outlines and important notes on the board. Above all - show some trust in your teachers and even your headmasters. The message to staff is consistently one of "take no initiative, even if things are going wrong" because to act in a way that has not been pre-approved by upper management is an invitation to be fired.

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