Michelle Rhee wants to save the education system. Great! She wants to do it by holding teachers accountable for their student’s performance. Great!
Wait, how do you determine a student’s performance (and thus a teacher’s teaching ability) according to Rhee? Answer:Standardized testing.
So if you’re a teacher at risk of losing your job and you want your students to perform better what do you do? Answer: Teach them how to take a test.
How do you do that AND teach real life stuff that actually helps kids in their lives? You don’t. That’s the problem.
They need to start funding education correctly, stop tying the hands of the teachers and find another way to gauge a teachers teaching ability. How about instead of trying to figure out who can create the most “top test takers per dollar”, you give teachers the tools they need to create a REAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.
The Reason: Some babies just want out. These little guys are called premature babies. Doctors don’t like it when babies are born early because they are more prone to varying complications and health concerns. Luckily a form of Progesterone treatment has been developed for pregnant mothers to make sure the little guy stays in there long enough to develop fully. So what could go wrong with that? Well what if someone patented it, monopolized the market, and changed the price from $10 to $1500. Nice.
A Letter to the Westboro Baptist Church? Yea why not. Think of this one as a bonus letter. I was reading about the court case they won recently and was grappling with the idea of sending them a letter. I don’t want to give them any more attention than they deserve but I figured I had a good suggestion for them…
A Letter to Gov. Scott Walker: Unless you are living under a rock, you probably know what Scott is up to in WI. He’s trying to break the unions down to further his Republican agenda. I’m not a Republican nor am I a Democrat, I just hate it when elected officials act on behalf of billionaires instead of helping out the people they were elected to represent.
The Reason: She pretty much sums it up nicely here:
Keep enforcing that dogmatic two-party system guys. It’s really working out well for everyone.
I wish I knew some billionaires, I want to play too…