Will congress listen to this teacher?


13 responses to “Will congress listen to this teacher?

  1. Re-stating the courageous teacher’s speaking truth to power…
    “It seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all.”
    Saint Augustine


  2. Publius e decere

    The video is a nicely crafted cut-and-paste political opinion piece. There must be some hidden money behind it, video like that is not inexpensive. Who are those dark forces? Why are they funding an argument to avoid change and to avoid accountability?

    In any case, no one in Delaware should worry about the issue, right? The “Missing Pieces” article in the Sunday News Journal pointed out many things in a more balanced way. And one point described in that essay is to note that under the current rating system virtually no Delaware teacher needs improvement. That statistical outlier was applauded as “terrific” by the chief lobbyist for “the group representing education employees”. I think the author meant the union here, but who can tell when the head of the chief lobbyist is apparently buried in sand.

    Another beautiful observation from “Missing Pieces”: Organizations overburdened by sprawling bureaucracies inevitably come to the service of the infrastructure instead of vice versa. Delaware’s state and district education system is excessive and convoluted. Chief Justice Leo Strine said ” [the Delaware] school district structure … was designed nearly 40 years ago for very different purposes –”

    And then this additional gem from “Missing Pieces”: There are few counterweights to an organization with the kind of resources that can make or break a candidate for the legislature or the school board, which in the case of [the author’s] local district, the DSEA effectively controls with their own members. Imagery, satire and tragedy all rolled up neatly in one sentence.

    And then, coming full circle, Missing Pieces cites the essence of public education: “Critical thinking, problem-solving skills and the teaching of basic facts about our world will never cease to be a core purpose.” Which brings me back to the video. If the system is supposed to deliver on this core-purpose troika, then shouldn’t there be an outside review of whether such value has been delivered? And where such delivery has fallen short, shouldn’t that system react? A large and rising portion of society says yes.

    In the end, the Missing Pieces essay argues for making all schools good, and it argues against making all schools the same. And to make this goal work the author concludes that families must have the choice to vote with their feet if a school does not meet their expectations. Although he does not call it a market solution by name, it walks like one and talks like one. And the logical extension of informed choice is to have measurements and data available to families, rather than have to rely only on cut-and-paste political opinion videos funded by vested interests in defending a status quo.



  3. Greg MAZZOTTA


    Shattering a myth about good school and same schools, I write to share that in my experience all high performing schools are not the same and that quality education is not prescriptive.

    The criteria used by leadership to varies by the filters of its leaders
    and their AIM is generally viewed via local inputs, regional influences, and national benchmarks.

    For example, a football team set out with a goal of winning the Superbowl, and proceeds accordingly to their resources, capabilities, and other traits such as determination and motivation. Learning organization, take note of opportunities and choose to learn, rather than blame, and make progress.

    Continuous improvement and sustainability is simply that…the ability
    to learn from errors, mis-judgements, and non-essential information.

    Organization in manufacturing, non-profit, health care, service, small business and education continue to deploy these capabilities.
    Delaware has had a state quality award program since 1993 and has been recently refreshed.

    I write as a volunteer and Point-of-Contact.


    • No dog in this fight

      Good grief — Greg M. continues to write baloney. Still lobbying for a job somewhere.


    • lastDEconservative

      C’mon, dog, you telling me you can’t follow this: “The criteria used by leadership to varies by the filters of its leaders … ” ?


    • Publius e decere

      I thought it was spelled “bologna”. Oh, wait. BALONEY is the humorist’s spelling. Not to mention that we really mean scrapple.


    • No dog in this fight

      Mazzotta bloviates. He never adds substantive information to the conversation. His writing skills are a little better than Kilroy’s, but that’s not saying much. He gives quality professionals a bad name.


  4. Look at a school’s calendar. When standardized testing is taking place in that building over a period of 2-3 months out of a 9 month calendar, things are out of control, and parents should be worried. Testing isn’t teaching. Testing isn’t learning. The testing movement is not about improving education at all, and the veil is being lifted. It’s about profit. I am a Republican. And I am a teacher. And I am a union member. End the annual testing now. Let teachers teach. Let administrators administer. Let children learn. Go somewhere else for your profit.


  5. You have no idea how many are just like me.