Wednesday, February 11, 2015

If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen

I am having a conversation with my significant other, who is a chef, about what is happening in New York.  How can I put this in terms that make sense to a non-teacher?  This would be like if you went into work and they said you're making (insert dish that no one has heard of here), but we're not going to give you a recipe, and you are going to be missing several key ingredients, and if the yelp reviews are bad, you're fired.  It makes about as much sense.  

I am hopeful that there will be a point in time when the demonization of teachers will end and the real work towards solving the problems with our education system, as well as the issues that our disadvantaged students face, can begin.  I fear that an evaluation system based on standardized test scores will only widen the achievement gap.  Who is going to work at schools in low income areas with at-risk students under that type of system?
From the Washington Post

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