How teachers are evaluated in public schools is a political question. It shouldn't be. Should evaluating public utility workers be a political question too?The public can insist that teachers be evaluated on competence and merit by Principals and such if the public wishes. Principals aren't particularly good at evaluating teacher competence. Like others in management, they're mostly good at determining who they like to be around.My son is in a very good district, but his principal has had time to observe him something like twice in 10 years, for about 15 minutes a shot. His department chair is also a science teacher (at the high school, not in his school) and has observed him twice as well. Alstro's prediction:Some Republican (Neil Bush?) will establish a company to evaluate teachers--at great expense to school districts and including factors like supporting the Christianity of the founding fathers, supporting laissez-faire capitalism, and so forth. The next GOP administration will replace the Dept of Education with this private company.
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