I think Governor Brownback’s proposal to put Kansas teacher evaluations on a web site and let parents and students offer comments on-line is good for one thing: talking about retaining the best teachers we can. Beyond that, I think the idea stinks. It’s terribly negative.
Don’t get me wrong … I want all Kansas teachers to be outstanding, effective professionals. But opening them up to on-line gossip and possible trashing is simply wrong.
Larry Landwehr … President of United Teachers of Wichita … tells me teacher evaluation web sites would deny teachers due process if they are allegedly ineffective. Landwehr says teacher performance is already evaluated, and he thinks input from those who are not in the classroom and those who just don’t like a teacher would create “more problems”. He thinks the proposed web sites “would be a mess”.
I agree. This is not the way to improve Kansas education.
So how do we ‘weed out’ bad teachers? More on that tomorrow.
Our thought for today is a Chinese proverb:
“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.”