Who's bashing teachers and public schools, and what can we do about it?
- Karp says that the bashing is coming from different places for different reasons. What are some of the reasons that educators today are being blamed for and from who are the complaints coming from?
- The firing of teachers at the high school in Central Falls made national news. Teachers were solely being blamed for students not achieving the standards and failing state assessments. As we know, there are good and bad teachers like there are good and bad individuals in every profession. What do you feel is an appropriate system of accountability for teachers? How can society support teachers who are working in a low income neighborhoods where these students at some point were not given the same opportunities or experiences of that of their peers due to the culture of power and or financial status?
- Test score gaps have been used to label schools as failures without providing the resources and strategies needed to eliminate the gaps. What do you think are the gaps? What resources and strategies do you think would bring about positive change to this problem?
- Do you think the diversity plan in Wake County, North Carolina which focuses on limiting the number of poor students in any school to less than 40% a good plan to close achievement gaps?
- Karp says, "There is no research that shows paying teachers to raise test scores improves student achievement, raises graduation rates, increases college participation, narrows academic gaps or any of the positive school outcomes that policy makers say they seek". With this being looked at as a possible means to evaluate and compensate teachers, what are your thoughts? What problems can you see with this method?