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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-01-10 05:47 AM
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3. I hope his family does more than boycott the L.A. Times
Edited on Fri Oct-01-10 05:49 AM by sabrina 1
(which is a good idea for everyone to do). I hope they, and other teachers sue them for what they did.

Since this teacher was called 'ineffective' by the L.A. Times, based on test scores only, while his students and colleagues considered him to be very effective, seems like there is a basis for a lawsuit.

Not just because of those testimonials, but because by all measures, there is no way test scores can or should ever be used to rate a teacher's effectiveness. It has to be the most failed method ever of doing so.

If you have a student who comes from a bad home situation, drugs, violence, poverty, just getting that student into the classroom every day, would be a challenge. Once there, if s/he has not eaten breakfast eg, or slept well the night before, making sure they get some food into their stomachs, would constitute 'being effective'.

And if the teacher cannot get the parents to take an interest in speaking to them about their children, the teacher is left alone to try to keep that child attending school, fed and feeling safe, at least at school. Added to that, if the child does not speak English, there is another challenge. All these issues and more, must be dealt with by teachers before they can even begin to think about test scores. To put such a, (by comparison), trivial issue ahead of all the others, is only setting the child up for failure and will negate any success in those other areas, and for what? It is cruel, bordering on child abuse.

Clearly the scum who have come up with this method have never been around a classroom full of children whose backgrounds demand far more than test scores just to get them to school every day before even considering all the other factors involved in educating them.

To use the same standards for teachers who work in such environments as are used for teachers in wealthy districts, in just plain stupidity and borders on criminal ignorance.

It is clear what is going on here. Instead of trying to help those teachers by providing them with the resources their particular circumstances require, they are being set up by some 'method' emanating from some ignorant bureaucrats somewhere, to fail. It is class discrimination of the worst kind since it involves children.

How sad to lose a teacher like Mr. Ruelas, so difficult to find people who are as dedicated to their students as he apparently was. Sad for his family, his students and colleagues, all for some political agenda and ultimately for money.

Shame once again on the L.A. Times for not researching the subject of education before becoming involved in the witch hunt against teachers.
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