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.