I believe the key to great education is great teachers. I am also realistic. Our high school athletic director Sumner Roberts used to say “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink, you can send a boy to school but you can’t make him think”.
United Teachers of Wichita President Larry Landwehr tells me during the first three years of employment there is no due process for Kansas teachers and those who are ineffective are at the mercy of their administrators. Beyond that, Landwehr says teachers with problems are identified and offered a chance to improve. There is a process, and teachers can be dismissed.
It sounds much like the process that is common in many private employer human resources. Careful steps are taken to protect the rights and interests of the employee who is perceived as ineffective.
Web site evaluation of teachers is an idea fraught with possibilities for nastiness. We need a more positive approach to encouraging teacher excellence.
Our thought for today is from Jacques Barzun:
“Teaching is not a lost art, but regard for teaching is a lost tradition.”