This transpired in Atlanta recently: “America’s biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta. At least 178 teachers and principals in Atlanta Public Schools cheated to raise student scores on high-stakes standardized tests, according to a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.”
This is one of the consequences education will suffer when you cause teachers to be responsible for student’s actions. If teacher’s employment, increase in pay and performance appraisal relies not on their performance, but the students, teachers in all probability may do anything to protect themselves, including cheating. Especially when you have absolutely no control over most of the variables that contributes to their performance such as: Family life; attitude towards education; ability; desires; respect towards authority; just to name a few. Wouldn’t you do whatever necessary to keep food on the table and a roof over your children’s head?
We insist on miracles from teachers and little from the students. Teachers are required to instruct to each child’s “learning style;” we are to manage each child’s behavior no matter how appalling it is and if you remove a disruptive child it is because of something YOU did not the child; we are obliged to save EVERY child and if we do not we are awarded a deduction in pay, a contemptible evaluation or even terminated.
Is it any marvel we cannot procure teachers? It is equivalent to terminating a bank teller because their patrons were not depositing sufficient funds into their accounts. I comprehend we are in a condemn teacher’s mode in America right now, however we must get beyond it if we crave for our children to be suitably educated. If children are going to be taught they MUST respect those who are instructing them and if the general public does not respect them, how do we anticipate the children to do so?
I can enlighten you with this – if we persist on assessing teachers on student achievement education will fall short and what transpired in Atlanta is merely a diminutive illustration of what America’s education system has to look forward to.
Teacher/Author “Teachers… It Ain’t Your Fault.”