I find it interesting that I am defending a leftist like Rahm Emanuel but here it comes. While I agree with Badger Democracy on the corruptive influences of corporate money I pointed to the fact that he ignored the corruptive influence of Unions. Yesterday he concentrated on a letter by CREATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education) .  The Marxist mindset amongst academia is well documented and I won’t go into detail here.

The big problem is that these academics don’t believe they should be judged by the product they produce. If you work in sales you are judged by the number of sales, if you work in a factory you are judged by a combination of output and quality etc etc etc. So to hold teachers accountable for the quality of education is not even a stretch for a normal thinking person. As pointed out yesterday as a whole these teachers have been a dismal failure.

(CNSNews.com) – Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math.

If the teachers were held to the same grading scale A-F that students use to be held to they would all get an F.  Of course the arguments against holding these teachers accountable for the quality of their product is equally ludicrous.

When a teacher’s livelihood is directly impacted by his or her students’ scores on an end-of-year examination, test scores take front and center. The nurturing relationship between teacher and student changes for the worse.

Are they there to replace your mother or are they their to teach?  If by nurture do they mean indoctrinate as illustrated by the following two videos do we even want them to “nurture” our children?  The first video is a teachers union discussing how to interject Marxism into the classroom.

Another teacher discussing how to indoctrinate our children.

In a recent blog post Badger Democracy attempted to blame these actions on corporate influence but this letter shows that it was a direct result of Mandates from the Federal Government.  The Feds will not fund failing schools.

In January 2010, the Illinois State Legislature—in an effort to secure federal Race to the Top funds—approved an amendment to the Illinois School Code known as the Performance Evaluation Review Act (PERA), which requires districts to include “student growth” as a significant portion of teacher and principal evaluation. While most of the state does not have to implement a new evaluation plan for teachers until 2016, CPS was able to get written into the law an early implementation date of September 2012 for at least 300 schools.

So my arguments calling on returning to local control stands. But the arguments against holding teachers accountable do not.  As noted above the standards above do not go into effect for most of the state  2016 so the pilot program called for by (CREATE) would be satisfied in the city of Chicago.

1. Pilot and adjust the evaluation system before implementing it on a large scale.
Any annual evaluation system should be piloted and adjusted as necessary based on field feedback before being put in place citywide. In other words, Chicago should pilot models and then use measures of student learning to evaluate the model. Delaware spent years piloting and fine-tuning their system before putting it in place formally statewide. Conversely, Tennessee’s teacher-evaluation system made headlines when its hurried implementation led to unintended negative consequences.

Of course they don’t have any specific arguments against the proposal or whether or not it was based on either the Delaware or Tennessee evaluation system. If it is based on the Delaware system then there can be little arguments against since they already admit that it is time tested and tuned.  As CATO points out, they are just like the rest of us.

For the Democratic Party, the big problem is that for decades the teachers unions have insisted that they and their members as far more noble than almost anyone else. At least, more noble than anyone openly seeking a profit, which is most people. But the public is catching on: teachers and their unions are just as self-interested as most other people, and government-run schooling has enabled them to get some awfully nice, taxpayer-funded deals. 

I guess the real question is whether or not the role of teacher is to teach or nurture and indoctrinate.