Reform bluster is as ubiquitous as it is shallow. Here are ten claims teachers should be ready to respond to, along with some questions they might ask in response.
June 2014 Archives
K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric will continue.
In our final week, we ask each other the lingering short questions that hadn't made it into our previous conversations.
We agree on the broad contours of a plan to improve due process. But we are less in agreement about details.
What would true compromise around teacher tenure and dismissal procedures look like?
The unions are currently the only bodies that connect teachers with each other--the only professional organization equivalent to those that exist in other fields
We agree that policies like "last in, first out" are problematic. But we disagree about why such policies exist and what should be done about them.
We agree that evidence is important in policy decisions, and that certainty is problematic. But we have different views on how reform efforts should be paced and whether or not they should proceed incrementally.
What is the appropriate level of federal involvement? What can the Department of Education bring to the table that state and local actors can't? When does federal involvement become problematic?