A reader called my attention to this comment by an anonymous teacher in Florida. It appears following an article in the Tampa Bay Times about the disastrous implementation of the value-added methodology in Pinellas County.
I was reminded when I read this comment about a conversation with an economist in Austin, Texas, who wondered if it might be fruitful to study the question of why “reformers” assert they are improving education when everything they do demoralizes teachers. How can one improve the profession, she asked, by making it unattractive. I hope she follows through, because this is a crucial issue.
Teachers in Florida, Tennessee, and other states are suffering under the inaccuracy and invalidity of value-added assessment; careers and reputations are being heedlessly ruined. The damage will continue as long as the Obama administration blindly clings to this nutty scheme in which numbers replace professional judgment. But there is some comfort in knowing that these methods are so harmful that they educate the public about the destructive nature of the alleged reforms. The more the public understands the damage they are doing, the sooner the day will come when these so-called reforms are exposed as fraudulent. They will blow up in the faces of those who designed them. This whole house of cards will come down, hopefully sooner rather than later. As the reformers like to say about their hare-brained schemes, “we can’t wait.”
The following is a comment on the article cited above: