A teacher at the Success Academy charter school in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, was caught on camera by an assistant teacher berating a first grade student for incorrectly answering a math problem (video below).
In the video, teacher Charlotte Dial explains to a female student how to complete a math problem. The student, sitting on the floor with her other classmates, is seen trying to complete the problem following the explanation.
“Count,” Dial says to the girl.
When the child fails to complete the problem, Dial rips up a piece of paper — which allegedly belonged to the girl — and throws it on the ground next to the student.
“Go to the calm down chair and sit!” Dial yells at the girl.
“There’s nothing that infuriates me more then when you don’t do what’s on your paper,” Dial says with a commanding tone. “Somebody come up and show me how she should have counted to get her answer that was one in a split. Show my friends and teach them.”
A male student then completes the problem, garnering a “thank you” from Dial.
“Do not go back to your seat and show me one thing and then don’t do it here,” Dial tells the class. "You’re confusing everybody. [I am] very upset and very disappointed."
The CEO of Success Academy, Eva Moskowitz, has come to the defense of Dial.
“I’m tired of apologizing,” Moskowitz said at a press conference, according to Chalkbeat New York.
She referred to the video as an “unfortunate moment.”
“Frustration is a human emotion,” Moskowitz said. "When you care about your students so much … and you want them to go to college and graduate, it can be frustrating."
She said Dial was suspended and received an extra week of training for the incident.
“[I will not] throw Charlotte Dial under the bus,” Moskowitz said. “She has helped hundreds of children thrive and be successful.”
A former Success Academy teacher, Alex (last name withheld), told PIX 11 the student-teacher dynamic seen in the video is commonplace at the school. She quit because of the school’s training philosophy.
"It was supposed to be more an aggressive atmosphere with the kids," Alex said. "Just because the regiment was like to be more a militaristic type of teaching. You're hard on them, because you expect more."