My mom, who does not like to make waves, said she saw me on the news, burning teacher evaluations. She was not excited about that.
“What did you get?”, she asked.
“Highly effective, Mom, but it doesn’t mean anything”, I told her.
“Why would you burn that?”, she asked.
“Well, its arbitrary, Mom. There are people getting evaluations for subjects they don’t even teach. Like Quint Seckler, Mom.” I threw Quint in because he and I go back quite a ways, and Mom approves of Quint. “He got evaluated for Biology. He teaches math, Mom.”.
“Well,” she said, (long pause…) “you’ve always had to speak the truth, I know. You had better let Leith know,” she said, referring to my the principal at my school. Being sent to see the principal by my Mom. Took me back in time for a moment.
I told Leith, she said, “I know, Wally is in the paper.” One of my co-workers who also got “Highly Effective”, and also burned his evaluation. Leith smiled, and was very supportive. Our school has a reputation of not being shepherded by wrong policy. Long may it run.