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

Thursday, September 04, 2014

69 Hoops and No Appeal: Teacher Observation--Memphis Style

Point one that has to be remembered: half of Tennessee teacher evaluations are based on invalid, unreliable, and unfair test scores.  The other half is based on observations. Teachers who worked for months on a new observation process last year were eventually dismissed when they disagreed with the two most outrageous aspects of CorpEd's recipe for disaster: 1) an observation checklist with 69 items that have to done in order to score the highest rating, and 2) no way to disagree and no appeal for an administrator's score.

With teachers ready to riot, the non-educator in charge has called a meeting.  Perhaps CorpEd's latest recruit, Carol Johnson, will there to provide that human touch when the knife goes in.  Perhaps she'll cry and say I'm sorry.

Now is the time for teachers to assert their right and to recruit parents as their natural allies. My suggestion: tell Hopson to go to hell.

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