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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:24 PM

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/opinion/want-to-ruin-teaching-give-ratings.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121015

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groovedaddy Oct 2012 OP
bluestateguy Oct 2012 #1
HiPointDem Oct 2012 #2
BridgeTheGap Oct 2012 #3
Starry Messenger Oct 2012 #4
proud2BlibKansan Oct 2012 #5

Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:43 PM

1. You're just asking for more testing cheating scandals

nt

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:50 PM

2. 'unlike charters, most schools are prohibited by law from holding teachers accountable' = bs.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 02:17 PM

3. Total! n.t

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 04:52 PM

4. Union busting tripe.

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Response to groovedaddy (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 09:34 PM

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.

Bleh.

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