Sometimes I think I must be a masochist for keeping Joanne Jacobs on my blogroll. Posts like this one invariably attract teacher-hating trolls.
Since my comment is a fairly inflammatory response to another commenter, there's a possibility it will be removed, and so I'm cross-posting it here:
Allen, you're so welcome. You know, I'm always delighted to have my words distorted by teacher-haters, so really, I should be thanking you!Seriously, people - WTF? What IS it with the anti-teacher hysteria these days? Get a life. Go do something productive.
Thank you for ignoring the fact that at no point in my comment do I say that 'teachers have no responsibility to demonstrate professional skills' (emphasis mine).
I'm sure you will also ignore any attempt I make to clarify that my problem is not with accountability overall, but with teachers being judged (a) on the actions of others, NOT on their own actions, and (b) based on limited data from (c) standardized testing that (d) compares students to each other rather than to their own previous levels of achievement.
Ooo, I just can't WAIT to see how you purposefully misinterpret this one!
I'm about to! ^.^