Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why Are We So Sensitive About Teachers?

Rick Scott just signed a "Teacher Merit" bill into law. It basically requires new teachers (and old ones who opt into the new system) to be evaluated annually with threat of being fired. No more tenure. Teachers are outraged. Name another job that has tenure. Why would you ever make a policy that you cannot fire a teacher? Bad teachers need to go. Let's chop at least the bottom 10% every year.

Admittedly, I don't think that standardized tests should be weighted too heavily in teacher assessment. Peer and student feedback along with maybe video analysis and demonstration of student work should all play in.  We need to bust up some teachers unions and not let them get away with silly demands.
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