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Will Richardson doesn't like where the Obama administration's Race to the Top program is leading and wonders why "more educators aren't voicing their displeasure at the idea of being paid based on the scores their students make on standardized tests (among other things.)"

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When pay is based on students scores realistically who will want to teach the lower level and disenfranchised students. Actually, many Democrats are very disappointed in Obama's performance in Education. I thought his goal would be to level the playing field and let us all first start off with the same equipment. I think that many schools are going to be dishonest in testing then ever before. When people's livelihood is dependent on a score it will become a real concern when students scores are not matching their grades.
Being a teacher used to be a honor in this country, but as new legislation is passed to degrade teachers more teachers have left this profession and many more are exiting this year.
Until we as a society make parents responsible for their children our schools will continue to decline.
It seems that Duncan did not learn from the data in closing the schools in Chicago and moving staff around that the scores did not change.
Teaching is an art and just because a person is a good test taker does not make them a good teacher.
its just a sad day in America.
I find it amazing that we are compared to other countries who do not have an influx of IEP's, 504's and behavioral students dumped into their class with no assistance for success.
Are their any special education students in classes in China and Japan? Can we go pack to self contained and inclusion? Why have we as Americans catered to the few at the sake of the average and above average. Its not fair to the teachers nor the other students. Why should a teacher have to plan a 2nd GRADE LESSON TEACHING 8TH GRADE. IF A TEACHER WANTED TO TEACH ELEMENTARY THEY WOULD WORK IN THAT LEVEL TEACHING STUDENTS. THE TIME THE TEACHER SPENDS WITH THIS CHILD THATS 10 AVERAGE STUDENTS WHO COULD HAVE BEEN RAISED TO A HIGHER LEVEL.
NOW THE COLLAB CLASS IS NOT GOING TO SHOW MUCH GROWTH WITH ALL THE ISSUES DUMPED IN THAT CLASS.
THIS TEACHER WILL HAVE HER PAY ADJUSTED, YEAH RIGHT THEY WILL LEAVE....

Teaching was a noble profession. We were going to make a difference in children's lives. Now we "create at-risk kids" because by testing students in areas that are not their strengths.

Moving teachers around is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. How do you change the choice pool? What are the skills, values, traits, and energys levels needed to succeed in an urban environment, where children often come to school hungry?

In the Race to the Top, who will be left at the bottom?

Why do we blame schools and teachers for a challenge that belongs to society?

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