Nancy Flanagan’s reflections on a particular school board’s actions (Notorious P.H.D.) prompted me to write this one. I categorized it under “Fiction” because it seems surreal.
I am certain there have been, and are, “bad teachers” (just as there are “bad” doctors, lawyers, business persons, assembly line workers, etc.), but given the trend shown below would someone please (even pretty-please with sugar on it) tell me where all the “bad teachers” were before the NCLB was passed???
Why are the HS and college graduation rates that preceded passage of the NCLB ignored? Is it because the truth is simply that Teachers have been too effective for their own good and have increased the number of well/highly educated individuals to the point the job market has been overwhelmed?
Back to Nancy’s blog — I think the real message is, “You’re so effective that we have to fire you.”
How’s that for a slap in the face?