Valerie Strauss wrote a terrific piece about teacher evaluation in the Washington Post that whacked Rahm Emanuel and the New York Times sharply across their knuckles.
Mayor Emanuel wanted to impose the highest possible weight on test scores to evaluate teachers. The New York Times thinks it is a wonderful idea.
“The Times can say that using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers is a sensible policy and Obama can say it and Education Secretary Arne Duncan can say it and Emanuel can say it and so can Bill Gates (who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to develop it) and governors and mayor from both parties, and heck, anybody can go ahead and shout it out as loud as they can.
“It doesn’t make it true.
Think of it. All those smart, powerful people agree and they are all wrong. Cue the music about the emperor and his fancy new clothes–not.