"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dumber and Then Huffman

Is dumberer a word?  TN's state ed chief and TFA cult member, Kevin Huffman, told the New York Times yesterday that TN would not back down on using invalid, unreliable, and unfair methods to evaluate teachers in Tennessee.  Do "the best interests of children" really require us to ignore science, common sense, and public opinion? 
Some states will continue to use test results in teacher evaluations. In Tennessee, for example, Kevin Huffman, the commissioner of education, said the scores would remain a part of performance reviews. In an email, he added that he hoped states would make decisions on whether to use the evaluations “based on the best interests of kids rather than political expediency for adults.”

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