I read this, as imagine many of you have, and I think that it is pretty insightful. Sooo, for some Thanksgiving insight:
Monthly Archives: November 2013
In response to the email we all got last week from our Public Education Department, which was essentially talking points from Pearson, I sent a message stating once again that there is no research, anywhere, not even yet manufactured by Pearson, that correlates test scores to anything closer than economic status. There has been much research done, but NONE of it says that test scores are better correlated with teacher effectiveness than with a student’s economic status. I asked them if they could prove me wrong, because the email said there would be also “response to our questions”. This has been their response:
There is much effort to inform the public of the problems this Martinez policy presents. Educate yourself about the issues, read the articles, advocate for education. Education for learning is different than education for test-taking. Passing of the test is a lesser goal than passing on of the inheritance, stewardship, and wonder of the world. This is a good fight to fight. Be hearty, and continue forward with it.
Rage is boiling up all around us, as was embodied at our rally a couple of weeks ago, by a man who walked around yelling to teachers, in their face, “You are to blame for the failure of our children!”.
Most of us come to this profession with altruism, real want to make a difference in the world, in the hope of propagating the ideals of democracy and opportunity for all. We have dedicated our lives to that. Most of us, at the end of our career, will not make half of the $125,000 that Ms. Skandera makes now. In “logic” that would confound the insane, week after week, in editorials that are published by the Journal, and in fliers affiliated with our very own Governor, – teachers are held responsible for matters that relate to poverty. My solution to that, is to pay teachers more, since teachers spend their money on students anyway! (By the way, that is just humor, I know we’ve already spent all our money on the evaluation system!) It is all of our duty to be critical of all of the systems around us, and continually work to improve them, but it is also our duty to carry the conversation forward with respect for each other, and with humor. The democratic process that keeps argument in check, which rejected these evaluation measures and offered alternatives, was abandon. Now we are offering up public servants as fodder for political careers and worse. Slogans and fliers are propagating rage. Rage leads to violence. Look where we are going. Look where we have been.