When I read this story in Education Week, I found it incredibly condescending. The thesis was that teachers really do well by having a little microphone in their ear, in which a coach whispers advice as they are teaching. I am not a teacher, and I never tell anyone how to teach, but I couldn’t imagine that many teachers would love to have an electronic coach in one of their ears. The only time I previously heard about this was when I was writing about the Bridge International Academy private for-profit schools in Africa, where the teachers were given a script and a tablet and a bug in their ear.

I thought I would wait to hear from someone else who read the story, someone with classroom experience.

Thankfully, Peter Greene came through.

He explains where the idea came from.

Do you want a bug in your ear when you teach with an expert coach in the back of the room whispering tips to you?