I have been a fan of Mike Rose since I read Lives on the Boundary several years ago. His blog is one that I enjoy reading. His most recent post is one that really made me think. He describes the situation of a high school science teacher for whom he has a great deal of respect. She told him:
“Good teachers, some even great teachers, are leaving the profession because state and districts are basing teacher efficacy off one test score. I moved from high school to 7th grade to teach a class that is not state tested so that I could still teach…”
This is not, according to Rose, one of those bad teachers that we know are out there. This is a good teacher who has been found wanting because her students didn’t test well enough.
If this has improved education in this teacher’s school district, I would like for someone to explain to me how. With the new HS physics and chemistry teacher be able to do better than this caring, experienced professional? And if he/she does, is it because he/she is a better teacher or has the group of students changed somehow?
Education is so much more complicated than educational reformers seem to want to admit.
Mike Rose‘s blog is a good place to start see some of the problems in education today – and some common-sense ideas on how to address them. He reminds readers that education is about people, not about numbers. Too bad more people aren’t listening!