Teachers should answer to those they serve.The problem is the
continuing loss of local and parental control of schools and the teachers.When teachers believe they are above those they serve and that they
shouldn't answer to those they serve (the Parents and local community) that
is a problem.Even those in other profession must answer for what
they do, and can be fired or replaced on the spot.If teachers want
to be like other professions then they must be like other professions, however, they serve to local people and the local people pay the bill, so they
must be answerable to those people. Just like other professions are responsible
to those who pay for their services.
AMEN to this article. Bill Gates has recognized the error of the previous track
for teacher evaluations and has been open to the research and the affects of
this narrow evaluation based on test scores. How refreshing to know that someone
can admit their mistakes and make corrections. Being left leaning
has absolutely NOTHING to do with this situation. This is an issue of those
outside of education, once again, telling the education experts how to do their
jobs. It would not be tolerated in any other profession from construction work
to practicing medicine. It is time for education to be given to the educators.
We are in this situation because that has NEVER been the case.
The people should knowe that Bill Gates father was an ACLU lawyer.So
clearly Gates has very strong leanings and ties to the far left.
Parents in the home have a lot more to do with getting good grades than
teachers. How much focus on the family do we give as a society? Not much.Compare grades with...Mediagamesfrequency of
usehow regulated the use is by parentsinternet access regulationnighttime activity on games, internet, t.v.husband and wife both present
in the homehow much time parents are able/willing to spend tutoring or
helping with homeworkif the family is religioushow frequently they
attend church worship meetingshow frequently they attend extracurricular
church activitiesthe employment status and length of employment status (or
lack of) for both parentsThere are millions of things that can go on
in a home. The brethren remind us every day of the threats and attacks on the
family, both in moral principles and in what takes place in the home. Yet all
the talk of teacher performance and the "perfect school system" seems to
neglect the family as if it didn't even exist. Until the family becomes a
key focal point of most educational studies, our research will produce nothing
concrete or genuinely helpful for children.
Suppose I were a teacher, a very good teacher, my collegues support me, my
principal supports me, I know my subject and stay current on it; yet, my
paycheck, my career is sleeping on the back row during class because neither he
nor his parents care. On this I am graded? I do hope that some responsibilty is
placed on the student.