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  •  Not enough parents know or care which class their (0+ / 0-)

    kids go to. So one class has most of the kids with involved parents and the principal never lets the attendance become more than two students lopsided. Everyone knows who the good teachers are, students, principals, other teachers, parents, everyone knows, it's no secret.

    Malcom Gladwell sounds like a piece of work. No doubt he'd say I have no ability to rate his work either. When we can weed docs and teachers for things like incompetence, drug addiction, total lack of social skills, laziness, stupidity, meanness, etc., we'll have better medical care and schools.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 07:58:05 AM PDT

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      don't always know who the good teachers are.  That's the whole point.  We've all had a bad teacher at one time or another just as we've encountered a bad dentist, incompetent lawyer, lazy carpenter, or miserable financial planner.  That's life.  Targeting and vilifying an entire profession is a witch hunt, not education reform.  BTW we don't have bad doctors in this society, we have insurance companies forcing good doctors to make bad choices in the name of profit.  And if we keep beating up the teaching profession and blaming it for our schools collapsing, we'll soon have and education system driven by corporations' quarterly reports, not good pedagogy.  The root cause of poor schools is generational poverty, and poorly funded schools.  

      I take political action every day. I teach.

      by jbfunk on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:21:49 AM PDT

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