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Whom Do You Trust with Your Child? Teachers or Business investors?
In this post, the issue of trust is
brought to the forefront of the education discussion. Interestingly, this Gallop Poll ranks teachers near
the top of the trusted list and politicians and lobbyists (and car
salespeople) near the bottom.
Newsweek covers the issue of teacher morale here. Surprisingly, they are on pointe with a number of reasons why your children's teachers may not feel like they used to:
the past few decades, teacher professionalism and morale declined as education
was turned into a market with a push for high stakes testing and centralized
control of education."
the beginning of the latest rounds of education reform in the early 2000s, billions of dollars have been spent at the
local, state and national levels on programs such as No Child Left Behind, Race
to the Top, and Common Core."
this there is little evidence to show that any of this has worked, even by the
reformers' criteria for success in testing and evaluation methods such as, “valued added measures” and standardized tests
scores. In fact, years of these “disruptive innovations” have resulted in a
situation today of poor job satisfaction for teachers."
So, whom do you trust with your child? Teachers or business investors?