Thursday, February 13, 2014
DCPS partners with Michelle Rhee founded group that promotes standardized tests and blames teachers.
The district has announced it is partnering with the New Teacher Project to maximize our human capital. So they can attract, maximize and retain excellent teachers, re: the teachers we have here now suck.
If that’s what they believe then they have partnered with the right group as Michelle “Blame the teacher” Rhee ran the TNTP for ten years before her controversial and unsuccessful stint of superintendent of the Washington D.C. school system. There she was known for firing hundreds of teachers whether they deserved it or not and creating a culture of fear and intimidation, that led to cheating.
Mrs. Rhee has made her distain for teachers well known and it’s hard to imagine the group she ran for so long feels any different.
The TNTP’s main policy seems to be that more involved and detailed teacher evaluations will lead to better instruction, re: lead to getting rid of more teachers. Funded by the Walton foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation they aren’t interested in fixing the problems in education they are interested in kneecapping the teaching profession.
This is the premise they start with:
There are at least ‘several hundred’ incompetents now in the school system [says the superintendent]. Other observers think there are several thousands, while still others insist that ‘several’ would be nearer the mark. Whether these incompetents were unfit to teach at any time, or have been rendered unfit by the passing years, is a matter of opinion. The question is, why are they allowed to remain?”
Their work has also been panned by professional educators.
And they have been called the most effective practitioner of Orwellian spin… They promote a high-stakes testing assembly line that turns teachers and students into widgets and they condemn educators who want to teach ideas and share creative forms of expression, and other knowledge that is not on the test. The TNTP turns facts on their head, and condemns advocates for the professional autonomy of teachers as defenders of the "widget effect." To them, wrestling with real-world implementation problems is a "dodge."
They have a reputation of being ideologically not evidence driven.
Finally here is a blog from the president of the TNTP comparing unions problems with common core to the Tea Party’s problem with ObamaCare, though to be honest I wasn’t sure who he was trying to insult.
Is this the best organizational available to help us out?
In the end it doesn’t matter because it is poverty friends and the sooner Vitti and the powers-that-be get it we can start to fix this thing but I have to tell you daily I think more and more that’s not their goal.