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Does Duncan Have a Plan for Teachers

Does anybody care about all the teachers left behind?

by Jim Horn

Does Duncan have a plan for teachers? Sure does, as a matter of fact:

  • discourage teachers from getting more training in their fields,

  • discourage new teachers from professional preparation,

  • evaluate teachers based on test scores that reflect the gaps they cannot close,

  • provide pay bonuses based on test scores, thus discouraging teachers from working with the children who need the most help,

  • turn teaching into test score production management,

  • drain existing teacher resources, cut benefits, and drive down teacher pay by encouraging more corporate welfare charter schools,

  • ignore poverty and pretend that teachers can fix poor children with total compliance and brainwashing,

  • portray teachers as selfish mossbacks who resist change,

  • continue to encourage the resegregation of American schools.

  • — Jim Horn
    Schools Matter blog


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