Why did I say 4-5 years average career life of a teacher above? STRESS! If you don't know what a teacher does after fours years of college in preparing, five years of waiting(teaching) during a Probational Teacher License term, then something is wrong. The sad thing here is that the evaluation tool is being used as a means of age descrimination. Older teachers use "Old School" teaching strategies and methods. Nothing is done to help them stay updated, except one day in-service training sessions. An investment in our teachers by allowing them to sit in on an education class at a local college once every five years would be a wise investment. Our state colleges, and local businesses and industries do that for their employees.
I'm glad we're now "racing to the top" in education. Thank goodness for Mississippi we're not at the bottom. A teacher needs to be able to teach like they used to do. Everyone wants to "fix education" because... 1. Teachers can't publicly defend themselves and are sitting ducks for politicians. 2. Politicians can't read 1950's education laws, such as those for attendance and discilpline and bring them up to today's standards. The average cost of discilpline in an average Tennessee high school is between $200,00.00 and $300,00.00(conservatively)... 3-4 Assistant Principals, an ISS teacher and classroom facilities, Alternative schools and transportation, security systems and cameras, 1-2 security officers, time spent in courts for such things as "tobacco violations", and of course, lawyers' fees and insurance! If you had seen that lady's photo of her stack of discilpline forms you would have to have had a wide angle photograph! The 1960's average cost of discilpline was about nothing... the amount of time it took from a day at school to swing a paddle 3 times on the first day of school. 3. Oh well, lastly, maybe the reason we're doing such a bad job in education is because we're being compared to who? Tennessee doesn't have a state income tax, we're pretty self efficient and aren't nearly in as much debt as other states' residents. When it comes to evaluations, we need to be thankful for a person who went to college for four years, took a pay cut, loves their job, works well beyond normal work hours, spends their own time and money on helping needy kids, and then only lasts an average of 4-5 years on the job.