Teacher, My Dad Lost His Job. Do We Have to Move? is the title of a NY Times article today.
Here’s an excerpt:
While Washington measures a school’s worth by test scores, here, on Northland Street, there’s more to it. A few weeks before Christmas, a girl in Mrs. Smith’s class went to school with broken eyeglasses patched together with tape. Each time the girl looked down to read, the glasses fell off. This is a small town, and Mrs. Smith knew the girl’s family was struggling. At 9 a.m., Mrs. Smith asked to borrow the glasses; during her lunch period she drove to her eye doctor; by 12:30 the girl had new pink and green frames.
Yes, Secretary Duncan (and your allies), there is more to teaching than test scores…