Evidence is building for some drastic changes in education, and tools are being
honed to help us revolutionize education in a positive way. We must make this
leap -- whether teachers and unions come willingly, or kicking and screaming.
And I think that what will decide between those two options depends less on WHAT
the changes are, and more on HOW they are made. Most teachers are willing to do
whatever it takes to improve education, if they are empowered and treated like
professionals (otherwise morale plummets and a defensive posture
results...it's human psychology). Teachers have the most expertise, we
need them in this fight. We need dynamic leadership, from administration as
well as teachers. We can do it in this state. We need to.
Remember when students got graded?
Why do we assume that teachers and their unions are opposed to high quality
evaluations that improve education. I would suggest you read at SB 65 in Utah
and the support given that bill by UEA. I would suggest that you go the NEA
website and read about what NEA is doing nationally to help create teacher
evaluations that lead to better teaching. It is popular but inaccurate to
believe that teacher unions are opposed to an evaluation process that improves
teaching. It is unfortunate that Mr. Romney who claims to be teacher friendly
takes shots at the teachers union in the debate the other night and on the
stump. His attempt to gain polictical favor with his base does nothing to help
improve education Senator Osmond right here in Utah found that
working with UEA to build a better evaluation process worked and the association
embraced the opportunity to work with him. Working with teachers and there
union is the only logical way to improve educational outcomes for students.
We need evaluations for government leaders more then teachers. Just look at the
debt and high unemployment. Teachers would be fired, and don't have the
opportunity to blame.