Today was the second time that I've seen my fellow excessed teachers referred to as "the so-called Absent Teacher Reserve."
This time it was gothamgazette.com that boiled my blood with that hyphenated disparagement. I ran to the nearest phone booth (pretty far, these days), donned my brooklynatr cape, and dashed off a reply:
Like just about every other news outlet, you're a little mixed up about the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR). There is no reason to call it the "so-called" Absent Teacher Reserve. That is the proper and official name that the Department of Education gave it. Is the DOE referred to as "the so-called" DOE? Is Dennis Walcott referred to as "the so-called" Chancellor?