On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education will hear “Raising the Bar: How Are Schools Measuring Teacher Performance?”. The hearing will be presented live via Webcast at 9:00 AM.
Ours is the only government that allows its citizens to take part in the working of its legislature. If our system of government is not transparent, it is the responsibility of the people to make it so. Transparency is not the problem. Active participation, or the lack thereof, is.
Teacher performance evaluation is an important aspect of success. However, measuring the performance of a single actor in a failed play is counterproductive. Before we can adeptly measure the success of the actors in a play, the play must first be proven successful. Our current system of education has never been successful for ALL of America’s children.
A great deal of time and money has already been spent covering the failure of our current system of education. However, there is no amount of time and money that can repair the damage our current system of education has heaped upon our children and our society. Our only hope is to recognize our failure and change our perspective in education to one that concentrates on the child.
As we build a successful, child centered system of education, there must be performance measure for all stakeholders in the process of education, not merely students and teachers. First and foremost, our education leaders must be held accountable for the programs that are provided, the funds to support successful programs, the courage to abandon failing programs, and the integrity to work with the community to provide an excellent education to all of its learners.
Before America can be successful, its citizens must be successful and the only way to insure that success is if every actor in the play performs their part with passion and resolve.
We must provide our children with the opportunity to become passionate actors in this play we call life. It sets the stage for a successful America.
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