Mon Oct 15, 2012, 11:24 AM
groovedaddy (6,172 posts)
Want to Ruin Teaching? Give Ratings
AS the founder of a charter school network in Harlem, Iíve seen firsthand the nuances inherent in teacher evaluation. A few years ago, for instance, we decided not to renew the contract of one of our teachers despite the fact that his students performed exceptionally well on the state exam.
We kept hearing directly from students and parents that he was mean and derided the children who needed the most help. The teacher also regularly complained about problems during faculty meetings without offering solutions. Three of our strongest teachers confided to the principal that they were reluctantly considering leaving because his negativity was making everyone miserable.
There has been much discussion of the question of how to evaluate teachers; it was one of the biggest sticking points in the recent teachersí strike in Chicago. For more than a decade Iíve been a strong proponent of teacher accountability. Iíve advocated for ending tenure and other rules that get in the way of holding educators responsible for the achievement of their students. Indeed, the teachers in my schools ó Harlem Village Academies ó all work with employment-at-will contracts because we believe accountability is an underlying prerequisite to running an effective school. The problem is that, unlike charters, most schools are prohibited by law from holding teachers accountable at all.
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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:34 PM
proud2BlibKansan (96,793 posts)
5. Shoe's on the other foot now, eh?
I also notice she leaves out the part where her charter school network fires students by kicking them out.