Rather than spending energy trying to ferret out the inadequate teachers, we might focus on producing, and retaining, genuinely excellent educators, creating a culture of teaching expertise.
Once the concept of merit pay takes hold, who knows what could be incented?
Here's where education comes in--real education, not achievement-data education. What is the evidence, and can we trust it?
What makes me an expert on class size? Huge classes.
Report cards? Don't confuse me with information.
Private school educator: Let's acknowledge that the overall state of public education is, in reality, a heck of a lot better than most people believe.
"All I want to do is close my door and teach?" Oh, I hope not.
On the face of it, all governors and all public school teachers should have the same goal: improving the educational prospects of students who attend state-funded schools.
Smart, capable people turn up everywhere in the teaching profession, regardless of where they took their degrees or why they decided to teach.
Despite warts and weaknesses, I'm not ready to give up on one of America's best ideas: a free, high-quality public education for every single child.