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Published: Monday, Oct. 22 2012 11:07 p.m. MDT

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Joe Moe
Logan, UT

Evidence is building for some drastic changes in education, and tools are being honed to help us revolutionize education in a positive way. We must make this leap -- whether teachers and unions come willingly, or kicking and screaming. And I think that what will decide between those two options depends less on WHAT the changes are, and more on HOW they are made. Most teachers are willing to do whatever it takes to improve education, if they are empowered and treated like professionals (otherwise morale plummets and a defensive posture results...it's human psychology). Teachers have the most expertise, we need them in this fight. We need dynamic leadership, from administration as well as teachers. We can do it in this state. We need to.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Remember when students got graded?

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Why do we assume that teachers and their unions are opposed to high quality evaluations that improve education. I would suggest you read at SB 65 in Utah and the support given that bill by UEA. I would suggest that you go the NEA website and read about what NEA is doing nationally to help create teacher evaluations that lead to better teaching. It is popular but inaccurate to believe that teacher unions are opposed to an evaluation process that improves teaching. It is unfortunate that Mr. Romney who claims to be teacher friendly takes shots at the teachers union in the debate the other night and on the stump. His attempt to gain polictical favor with his base does nothing to help improve education

Senator Osmond right here in Utah found that working with UEA to build a better evaluation process worked and the association embraced the opportunity to work with him. Working with teachers and there union is the only logical way to improve educational outcomes for students.

worf
Mcallen, TX

We need evaluations for government leaders more then teachers. Just look at the debt and high unemployment. Teachers would be fired, and don't have the opportunity to blame.

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