I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Valerie Strauss Nails It

From downtown!
The document uses jargon that effectively calls for linking standardized test scores to teacher evaluation, a scheme that several recent studiesconcluded is ineffective in improving student achievement.
That doesn’t stop today’s reformers, who are obsessed with “data” and with using business practices to run schools, which are really civic institutions that should be operated on a civic model. Says the document:
“Let’s stop ignoring basic economic principles of supply and demand and focus on how we can establish a performance-driven culture in every American school.”
Um, don’t most businesses fail?
Read the whole thing. And pray that this country grows up fast.

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