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  •  Watch the PBS show on Houston HS instead (9+ / 0-)

    This gives you a much better perspective on the challenges.

    Look, are there bad teachers? Yes. My old company had a program with a local middle school, where we would go in and work with the students one day a week for a couple of hours.  There were teachers there that didn't give a crap - a couple actually asked me, right in front of their students, whether my company had any jobs open because they hated teaching.

    My wife and brother are public school teachers, and will readily admit to knowing bad teachers, and my wife and I can point to 2 teachers in my daughter's school career that were largely incompetent.

    Yes, there should be a comprehensive evaluation system in place, and low performing teachers should have their butts kicked to do better, just like any low performing employee professional anywhere.

    But evaluation solely on test scores is unfair. Calling every teacher over 50 a burnout is disgraceful. Making out teachers to be the problem in such a complex issue is just plain wrong.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:40:20 PM PDT

    •  To watch "Dropout Nation" (1+ / 0-)
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      PBS Frontline, around 2 hrs long.

      FRONTLINE is pleased to join our colleagues at more than 60 public media stations around the country in the American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen campaign, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success.

      In Dropout Nation, coming in fall 2012, FRONTLINE will follow a group of students in Houston, Texas, to explore the challenges faced by students as they struggle to stay in school and administrators who are working against the odds to keep them there. Our Dropout Nation community campaign will work with our national partners to host 100 screenings across the country to build awareness of the national and local issues that have led to the dropout crisis and to help communities find solutions that will lead to increased graduation rates.

      We'll be producing a DVD community outreach toolkit with additional video and resources to spotlight students in their middle school years – a time educators see as crucial to keeping students on track to graduate.

      Look for Dropout Nation updates, resources and information from our public media affiliates and national outreach partners coming soon.

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