Sunday, February 13, 2011

What is the point?

According to Elliot W. Eisner (who is a God) “We have inadvertently designed a system in which being good at what you do as a teacher is not formally rewarded, while being poor at what you do is seldom corrected nor penalized.”

While I agree that being a good teacher is not rewarded (other by one's own sense of worth), I wonder why instead of being rewarded, good teachers are vilified and even bullied by administration, government and the press.

The whole FSA issue is a good example - government sees teachers reluctance to administer the tests as fear or laziness, administration rarely speaks up about the lack of worth in evaluating the performance of teachers and schools in communities where issues of poverty are not addressed and the press gleefully prints the Fraser Institutes rankings of schools in British Columbia with little critical thinking about the validity of these rankings UNTIL NOW. What has changed? It is the perfect score that the Fraser Institute awarded to a Bountiful elementary/secondary school. Read the article and let me know what you think.

More on this topic of vilifying those educational stake holders with the least power later.............

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Just a note - it took me almost 30 minutes to get all of my students signed on - and the earliest finisher was eight minutes into the test - I am guessing we won't do as well as Bountiful - and FYI, I worked hard to get them signed on.