Earlier this week, The Washington Post published the appalling guest column by several school superintendents. It mentions “Waiting For ‘Superman'” and certainly reinforces its teacher-bashing message.
Our Superintendent here in Sacramento, Jonathan Raymond, and I haven’t always agreed on policy issues (see Why I Oppose Teach For America Coming To Sacramento).
However, those other superintendents could learn from him and his public response to the “Superman” movie that he sent-out this week to all district staff. Here’s an excerpt:
I came away from the movie with an overwhelming sense that we have to stop blaming teachers for problems that have multiple causes, ranging from poor administrative oversight and accountability to a lack of parent engagement. I know how hard teachers work to educate every child and challenge students at their ability level. We need to work equally hard to give our teachers the tools and supports they need to be successful. Let’s stop scapegoating and come together to find solutions that work.
You can read his full letter here.
It would have been nice to have read something like that in the Post’s column by the other superintendents…
Best teacher recruitment I’ve ever seen. And I don’t say that in a cynical fashion at all. I’d run through walls for a leader like that.