“ A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.”~Henry Adams

In Uncategorized on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 12:16

“Students Matter, a Silicon Valley-based group that brought the suit, argued that these policies make it hard to fire “grossly ineffective” teachers and to retain high-quality junior ones, and that low-income minority students disproportionately suffer as bad teachers are shuttled into their classrooms” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/10/a-california-judge-just-ruled-that-teacher-tenure-is-bad-for-students/).

a “silicon valley-based group.” interestingly coincidental since bill gates is THE leader of the education reform (deform) movement AND has given the most money to fund it (over $200 million). not to mention, it’s his idea to have students and teachers wear gsr (galvanic skin response) bracelets to monitor activity (see:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/11-million-plus-gates-grants-galvanic-bracelets-that-measure-student-engagement/2012/06/10/gJQAgAUbTV_blog.html ).  that is so flawed in so many ways.  both moral and quantitatively.  no true validity or reliability.  don’t get me started.

this is NOT the way to reform education. teachers are not the enemy 


not to mention that effective teachers only account for a small percentage of student achievement/success.  

“Research dating back to the 1966 release of Equality of Educational Opportunity (the “Coleman Report”) shows that student performance is only weakly related to school quality. The report concluded that students’ socioeconomic background was a far more influential factor. However, among the various influences that schools and policymakers can control, teacher quality was found to account for a larger portion of the variation in student test scores than all other characteristics of a school, excluding the composition of the student body (so-called peer effects).”


but, instead of using the billions of dollars illustrated in the “common core money flow charts” (http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18442-flow-chart-exposes-common-cores-myriad-corporate-connections) to get food, money, and better conditions for the poor, let’s spend it on a “new and improved,” “educational disruption” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-ravitch/keep-your-disruption-out-_b_3791295.htmlbusiness-based model!  in what world do you not decide to go for the most “return,” but only choose something that might account for a small percentage of your “earnings” (high test scores and rankings).  i don’t get it.

look at the data (arne, perhaps…?) or the actual opinions of those “in the trenches.”  most will tell you (likely if they didn’t fear retribution, and most, do) this is heading down a bad path.  and, in the end, the kids will suffer.



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