Because everyone knows that a "good" teacher generates about $5 a week more in student earnings than an "average" teacher! $5!!! How much more do you kids living in poverty want?!
Listen: of course teachers matter. Of course we need the best and the brightest teaching. Of course good education is necessary for children to succeed in life. But does anyone seriously think that "good teachers" are the key to fixing poverty? Is anyone really that dense?
Dumb statements like this are a testament to the ruling class's ability to so completely game our country's discourse on education and economic justice. It never even occurs to Lawrence Harmon that maybe the test scores are measuring something other than the effectiveness of teaching; maybe they're measuring student characteristics.
But, ya know... teachers unions are evil and stuff! And... uh... the tests must be measuring something! Er... Shanghai is coming to get us! And... um... there must be lots of bad teachers! Uh...
Keep drinkin' that hegemonic Kool-Aid, Larry.
The Boston Globe's Lawrence Harmon (artist's conception)
H/T: The always fresh and excellent EduShyster.
ADDING: Oh, my sweet, sweet lord:
Student scores on standardized tests weren’t incorporated in the latest evaluations. They will be in the next few years, however. And that time can’t come too soon. Progress in public agencies requires acceptance of objective measurements. Great urban police departments, for example, take responsibility for the crime rate and seek ways to lower it. They don’t get sidetracked by the fact that people in poor neighborhoods commit more violent crimes than people in wealthy ones. Challenges come with the territory. Boston’s school system hasn’t fully embraced that philosophy.Obviously, the problem in Detroit and Camden and South Central LA is that the police officers there just aren't trying hard enough! So what if "people in poor neighborhoods commit more violent crimes than people in wealthy ones"! That's no excuse for a country where people in poor neighborhoods commit more violent crimes than people in wealthy ones!
Circular reasoning be damned, people!
Is it too early to start drinking?