Monthly Archives: January 2014

Letter to the Editor

As classroom sizes grow, as we keep waiving the minimum class size to pay the publishers and all the systems outside the classroom, the governor keeps citing the research that says that “effective teachers can handle larger class sizes,”- we are paying attention to only one thing: how to raise test scores. The research doesn’t show the dread of the child in the over-crowded classrooms, where children are known to the state only by their number. The research doesn’t show the burn out in teachers, and the diminishing motivation to work for a system rather than for children. The research doesn’t read the newspapers about students who feel alienated, coming into schools with guns with no care left for themselves or anybody else. The research doesn’t hear the guns going off in schools all around the country, now in our own state. Do we want environments with less connection? Teachers keep insisting that some sense of community, some sense of individuality, and the small conversations are what matter. Ms. Martinez insists that even though the state is considered the worst place to raise a family, her plan will make it better. Does anyone with children out there think it’s a good idea to increase class sizes to increase our test scores? Is testing the sum of who we want our children to be?

-Jeff Tuttle
Teacher, Parent

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To The New Mexico Legislature

Monday, January 20th, 2014

And so to have a dream.

Dear Honorable New Mexico Legislator,

My name is Jeff Tuttle, I have been a teacher at Monte Vista Elementary for 22 years.  Last year I was awarded a Golden Apple.  I was raised in New Mexico, and went to school in the Albuquerque Public Schools.

If we keep the teacher evaluation system in tact, as faulty as it is, we could do it for free with Google Docs or email and templates.  The teacher evaluation system, “Teachscape” uses a framework for teacher evaluations called the Danielson Rubric, which is freely available, and could be used without copyright violation.

The lessons and materials we are currently uploading to one of the largest textbook conglomerates in the world, (Pearson, which owns Teachscape) to prove our competence, could instead be gathered online as material for open source textbooks and used to develop expertise and professional investment.

This is a better dream than political rides on the backs of New Mexico school children.  We could fund smaller classrooms and have more instructional time with the money we are pouring into this multi-billion dollar multi-national corporation.

Please do all that is in your power return public education to the public.  If there is only altruistic intentions then lets move to the free existing infrastructure on the internet.  If this is not altruistic, teacher evaluations will be followed by the package deal:  Pearson’s standardized tests, (which New Mexico has already started), and Pearson textbooks.   This is and will be at the cost of classroom spending on our children in New Mexico.  We know where the Mantra “stop the status quo” goes, the Philadelphia governor used it to adopt Pearson in their schools, and has made education there worse.  (NPR)

Thanks for your consideration in sparing our schools millions of dollars and years of more being played in politics for personal gain.

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