Evaluating teachers on their students' performance is an issue that has elicited much comment of late. In essence, this view assumes that if students aren't learning, the fault lies squarely with their teachers alone. Well, perhaps, but not necessarily.
While the logic of this view seems compelling at first, a moment's reflection shows that it ignores several factors over which teachers have no control. These factors include: the home life of children, the poverty and segregation of the inner cities, America's Gospel of Instant Gratification, commercial TV, school sports, the restlessness of American society itself and its ingrained anti-intellectualism and ambivalence toward knowledge, youth's distrust of the adult world and the school, youth culture and its rejection of tradition, the Millennial Generation and its outlook on life, technology's negative impact on learning, Facebook, the eclipse of reading, youth's literal-mindedness, its lack of intellectual curiosity, its inability to ask significant questions, and its disinclination to develop a critical mind. To repeat, these are factors over which teachers have no control, but which have an enormous impact upon student learning.
The issue of teacher responsibility for student performance must be placed within this broader social context of what has been happening outside the American classroom for the last 30 years. Only in this way will the discussion about student learning become more realistic, and honest, and why singling out teachers alone distorts the true nature of both the problem and its solution.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-breslin/why-america-demonizes-its-teachers_b_7463084.html
The issue of teacher responsibility for student performance must be placed within this broader social context of what has been happening outside the American classroom for the last 30 years...increased emotional, familial, and social problems of many students.
Many recent "Georgia" education bills have mirrored in language and spirit of ALEC model bills.
Washington Post | The four corporations that dominate the U.S. standardized testing market spend millions of dollars lobbying state and federal officials — as well as sometimes hiring them — to persuade them to favor policies that include mandated student assessments, helping to fuel a nearly $2 billion annual testing business, a new analysis shows.
The analysis, done by the Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit liberal watchdog and advocacy agency based in Wisconsin that tracks corporate influence on public policy, says that four companies — Pearson Education, ETS (Educational Testing Service), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and McGraw-Hill— collectively spent more than $20 million lobbying in states and on Capitol Hill from 2009 to 2014.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/30/report-big-education-firms-spend-millions-lobbying-for-pro-testing-policies/
Ledger-Enquirer | Kevin Green's question as to why Georgia did not have a state mammal sparked a project for the first-grade classes, who then lobbied the legislature, which led to the designation of the white-tailed deer as the state mammal. The governor signed the bill into law during an assembly at the school. Deal and the students are surrounded by members of the Columbus state legislative delegation, including state Sen. Ed Harbison, standing left, state Rep. Calvin Smyre, Reese Road principal Pamela McCoy, state Rep. Carolyn Hugley and Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams.
Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2015/04/30/3696231/governor-signs-bill-at-elementary.html#storylink=cpy
School takeover. College credit. High school diplomas.
Georgia lawmakers didn’t pass a lot of bills related to education this session, but those that did pass could have a big impact on Georgians.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest education-related laws passed this year: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/georgia-lawmakers-approve-big-changes-for-students/nkmRm/
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SB 116, the Celebrate Freedom Week bill, was stripped and became the education savings account bill, which is a voucher bill. Georgia’s teachers and parents deserve legislative transparency, not trickery. This voucher bill wasn’t even approved by the Education committee and voted down in Ways & Means due to its high fiscal note.
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