I have always considered myself to be a fairly self-confident person in the area of teaching but the continual debasement of my profession has started to affect me in many ways. So here is my soap box rant for this AM
I have no problem with terminating poor teachers however I do have a problem with the current trend towards creating on time, on task, no-frills, lock-step curriculums with required and specified teaching techniques and then blaming the teachers when they don’t work. That is akin to telling someone that they must run a race backwards and then complaining because they are too slow.
The hard political fact is that the politicians will continue to place the blame on teachers and schools because no one wants to be seen as placing any portion of the blame on where a good portion of it belongs the children and their families. If we are going to run education on the factory model ( quality control) then perhaps we ought to judge our product using factory specifications. In a factory when the same machine, in the same amount of time, under the same conditions and using the same operator starts producing inferior product most managers would look first to the incoming material to determine what went wrong. We have tried new machines (curriculum and standards) new operators (new and re-trained teachers) and more time with little or no measurable result. Perhaps it’s time to take a look at the raw materials( students) and working conditions( lock step practices) both of which have changed as a foundational cause of poor product.