Sunday, November 18, 2007

Wisdom, from a teacher in Virgina

Ken Bernstein teaches History and Governance at the High School level in Virgina. His posts on the Daily Kos blog often provide insight and wisdom into teaching and education. He has had three diaries at Kos over the past ten days that are worth reading. Particularly after the election we have just had, the GIC debacle (which I frankly think, based on my own exploration, should be not be laid at the feet of the city unions in general, and the teachers in particular).

Check out these three posts. They will help us to understand a number of issues that will be part of the coming dialogue over the next few years, including merit pay and how you create a basis for it, what should be done about poor teachers, and community partnerships.

The Importance of Teachers

The Education Question in the Recent Democratic Debate: What was Wrong With It

On the Measurement of Teachers

What's a Crummy Teacher, and Why Do We Have Them?

Ken's blog is at: Teacher Ken

Very thoughtful and provocative ideas, communicated honestly and succinctly.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing teacher ken's blogs--they are a great way to start the necessary dialogue concerning the critical teacher related issues reverberating through all of the other issues facing the school system: the role(s) teachers play, teacher salaries, hiring/retention and evaluations--together with the underlying context that affects these issues.

The more information and perspectives on the table for consideration, the better.