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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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South Jordan, UT

Problem is, in the real world, students are rarely randomly assigned to a class. Problem students are sent to a teacher who can handle them, or sent to a teacher more likely to give them a passing grade. Kids who, on average, will always score well below average on tests. Meanwhile, the better students are often sent to the football coach, who doesn't have time to deal with problem students.

The only fair way to judge teachers by their students' performance is to track individual student improvement, and judge teachers based off that. Otherwise, school administration has way too much power over what teacher gets what kids, and from that, what teacher is "effective."

Monsieur le prof
Sandy, UT

Most schools assign the best teachers to teach the advanced classes, leaving new or less-experienced teachers to handle the average students. In Japan, they do the opposite, realizing that the average student needs more attention, while the top students are self-motivated and learn almost on their own. Inany case, they need to teach to mastery, not just cover a certain amount of chapters as determined by a curriculum.

Eagle Mountain, UT

In our school, teachers and staff collaborate to put students in classes depending on the following criteria: #boys vs. girls; # high, medium and low students, and behavior. Our classes are balanced out. Some of this is changed by parent requests. One of my least favorite reasons for changing from one class to another? "My child wants to be with his friends." This often means less learning and more playing. It also deprives the child from the experience of making new friends, and learning to be comfortable in a new environment.

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