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Teacher evaluations online

He’s getting plenty of push-back from Kansas lawmakers. Governor Sam Brownback wants to put teacher evaluations on public web sites … as a reward for good teachers and motivation for bad teachers to improve.
The evaluations would include student performance on state assessments, with input from supervisors, peers, parents, and students. They would also consider teachers’ contributions to the profession. Any teacher rated as ineffective for more than two years would be fired.
I wonder if this kind of public humiliation might motivate people to simply avoid becoming a teacher … or prompt them to leave the profession.
I consider myself a professional person, who endures periodic evaluations that usually grade my performance as outstanding. They require my own input on my performance, plus my supervisor’s. I would not care to have them made public.
I see the on-line teacher evaluation as a means to allow any pinhead to take a verbal shot at a teacher.
Sounds like bullying to me.
Our thought for today is from H. L. Mencken:
“Criticism is prejudice made plausible.”

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02/03/2012 1:03AM
Teacher evaluations online
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