A recent front-page feature story in the Herald & Review reported about a new program that will tie student performance to teacher evaluations. Finally, a way to get rid of all the bad teachers and replace them with good ones is on the horizon. Or is it just more tampering with the schools?
Tying student performance to teacher evaluation sounds like a good idea to the general public that knows very little about what is really going on in the schools except what is reported by a largely uninformed, biased media. This idea has a nice ring to it especially since 82 percent of Illinois’ 860 school districts have failed to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. NCLB is the worst “reform” ever to hit the schools. NCLB was crammed down the throats of the teachers with no preparation and no regard for their input.
In reality, this new plan is a cleverly disguised ploy to circumvent tenure laws and make it easier to get rid of teachers unpopular with incompetent administrators. Rather than go through a lengthy teacher dismissal process where the administration is required to provide valid evidence that the accused is worthy of firing; something they are loathe to do because in most cases what will really be exposed is the incompetence of the accusing administrators and not the teacher.
With this plan, it will be a cinch to get rid of someone who has crossed paths with the administration. Simply stack the unpopular teacher with the school’s worst discipline problems then pull all support for that teacher. Turn the other teachers against him or her, creating a hostile professional environment, and sit back and wait for the target to resign in frustration. Problem solved.