Would it be fine if the folks who made sure dentists maintain high standards had never filled a cavity?
Would you be happy if you knew your accountant had been licensed by people who didn't know how to balance a checkbook?
The man in charge of New Jersey’s latest effort to improve teacher quality easily uses terms like “human capital continuum,” “skill sets,” and “gap analysis.”
Peter Shulman, the new assistant state commissioner and chief talent officer, is a very much a systems guy. That's hardly surprising for someone not that long from getting an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Yet Shulman’s education and experience belie his 36 years. While he never taught in a classroom, he has held administrative stints in the Miami-Dade public schools and headed up the teacher quality push for Delaware’s education department, a forerunner in the education reform world. Shulman also holds a master's in education from Penn. [emphasis mine]Seriously? A guy who never taught is going to be in charge of improving teacher quality?
Can everyone understand why I and thousands of my colleagues are so sick and tired of these clowns in Trenton? Can you understand how insulting it is to have been left out of the process of regulating our own profession from the very beginning until now?
Where do they find these guys, anyway?
This is the second top staff member that Cerf has brought from Delaware, the first being project management director James Palmer. Shulman -- like Cerf -- is also an alumnus of the Broad Foundation’s education network, a large class of reform-minded education officials spanning the country,An unaccredited, unaccountable, reformy network, you mean. This isn't serious, academic training; it's career building. No one should ever get any credit for going to Eli Broad's little summer camp in Los Angeles so they can line up their next gigs.
Shulman in the interview said Delaware provided some lessons for New Jersey in its teacher evaluation efforts. While it is well ahead of New Jersey in designing a new system, Shulman said it is still at least a year off from having something in place that will have direct consequences for teachers.Via Bruce Baker, here are some reasons New Jersey should never, ever emulate "reform-minded" Delaware:
New Jersey kicked ass on the last NAEP; why would we ever want to go backwards toward Delaware?
So it goes down in Trenton these days: unqualified, poorly-trained bureaucrats, making up teacher evaluation and training schemes with almost no input from those of us actually doing the job.