While many are happy with this decision, there is another group who think that is a desperate measure. If we were in the production business, or in any of the marketing efficiency areas, the step is the correct. However, neither the teachers, nor the students are merchandises and were neither assigned a economic value. There has to be some mistakes but firing teachers it is the the most inefficient procedure to clear that mess.
Valerie Strauss from the washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet does a succinct analysis with facts and wider view of things in the education complex:
Now, all they have to do is find 93 excellent professionals to take their places. Recruiting the best educators should be easy, especially when you can offer them life in a very poor town and a job with no security.
And, of course, the powers that be will have to ignore all the other influences on high school students because their poor performance was all about the adults at the high school.
Their elementary and middle school education -- or lack thereof? Not a problem.
Their sometimes difficult home lives? Naw. That doesn’t affect how a kid does at school.
No Child Left Behind, a federal education law that has driven schools to drastically narrow curriculum and use rudimentary standardized tests to measure how well kids are doing? Nope. Not an issue, nor is the fact that Duncan is largely continuing the NCLB practices that have been shown to be a failure.
Firing all the educators may sound bold to some, but it sounds sad and desperate -- not to mention ineffective -- to me.
There is no evidence that wholesale changes at schools makes a difference at schools, though it has been tried repeatedly in districts around the country -- even in Duncan’s Chicago public schools, which he ran for years before becoming education secretary.
As my colleague Nick Anderson noted in a Post story Duncan tried a lot of things during his more than seven years as Chicago chief: shutting down schools, hiring experts in turning around schools, and firing a lot of people. There results? To put it nicely, there was no Chicago miracle. Some schools improved, others didn’t.
That’s because grand gestures don’t work in improving schools. It would be nice if they did, but time and time again, we’ve learned they don’t. Making schools work is a hard, hard job. There is no one thing that you can blame; there is no single remedy that works for every school and school district.
Instead of trying to figure out where real changes could be made at Central Falls High, the powers that be there went ahead and did the desperate thing.
Let Duncan call them courageous. It sounds foolish to me. And the people who will most suffer? As usual, the kids.
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