As most educators know, a fair amount of media and many “school reformers” often try to use teachers as scapegoats for challenges facing our schools and students — instead of focusing on providing adequate funding (The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools
)and dealing with the many outside school influences that affect academic performance (The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement).
The infamous recent TIME cover is just one of the latest examples of blaming teachers.
However, state after state that has been implementing teacher evaluation changes have been finding that only three percent of their educators have been “ineffective.” Florida is the latest, and it follows Rhode Island, Maryland and others.
The question is — will school reformers continue to have an attitude of “don’t confuse me with the facts” or will they begin to focus on the major problems facing schools, our students and their families?