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A Sound Vision for Improving the Teaching Profession

June 5, 2013

What are the chances Arnie will respond?
Passing along fascinating reading material such as this is one of the reasons I wrote “Diane Ravitch is My Idol” today…:)

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A group of distinguished educators addressed a letter to Secretary Arne Duncan that carefully explains how to get excellent teaching. Such an effort would begin by setting a high bar for entry into the profession, continue by establishing an atmosphere of autonomy and professionalism, and grow stronger by enabling teachers to work together and build a vibrant culture of learning and professional development.

The group warned that Race to the Top does not encourage good teaching. It wrote:

“Current education policy, including the Race to the Top law, and especially the practice of evaluating teachers by their students’ performance on high stakes assessments, will likely weaken, rather than strengthen, the teaching profession. Although the current policy may have intuitive appeal, a variety of evidence indicates it will not lead to sustained improvements in teaching and learning over the long term. In fact, it is likely to lead to unproductive teaching…

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