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Why are we hiring grossly ineffective teachers?

Here’s an email I just received. Think about the messages contained in this PR pitch… Hi Scott, As the Vergara case continues to steal headlines and spark debate, I wanted to offer up an alternative angle. Although it’s a complicated issue, the tenure controversy seems to boil down to one real problem: that “grossly ineffective...

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Teacher tenure policies are not the problem

Dana Goldstein said: [Teacher tenure policies] aren’t the only, or even the primary, driver of the teacher-quality gap between … middle-class and low-income schools. The larger problem is that too few of the best teachers are willing to work long-term in the country’s most racially isolated and poorest neighborhoods. There are lots of reasons why,...

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It’s not that we don’t believe in bad teachers, it’s that we don’t believe in you

Peter Greene said: I think there are faux tin hat physicists who are closer to building a cold fusion generator and a perpetual motion machine than reformsters are to building a reliable and accurate system for identifying bad teachers. Do I think there’s a valuable conversation to be had about less effective teachers and how...

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No one can credibly argue that teachers are trained well enough to be effective and efficient in today’s classrooms

Apparently there’s yet another fear-mongering publicist named Alyssa (yes, a different one!). So once more into the breach… Here’s the email I received: On the heels of the recent Vergara ruling in California, which eliminates teacher tenure, the outcome has peeled back the Band-Aid on the appalling lack of adequate teacher training. Whether the judge was...

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Ineffective teachers

Ineffective teachers

Peter Greene said: The new definition of “ineffective teacher” is “teacher whose students score poorly on test.” Add to that the assumption that a student only scores low on a test because of the student had an ineffective teacher. You have now created a perfect circular definition. And the beauty of this is that in...