UFT Prez Michael Mulgrew, NYS Education Commissioner John King, and NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

A Note On Teacher Evaluations [A Memo For Sanity]

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

Remember a few years ago when I told you that trying to create equations for the intangibles is calamitous for any profession, especially education? If think tanks prognosticate that the 21st century needs ideals like collaboration and transparency, then we’re doing a poor job of exemplifying that in schools. On Saturday, for example, Commissioner John King released New York State’s mandated teacher – and principal – evaluation system because the …

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An Open Letter To NYS Education Commissioner John B. King [Testing Isn’t Natural]

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 4 Comments

Dear John B. King, Let me just get this out of the way: testing is not natural. Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that parents have gotten fed up with the abundance of testing placed upon their kids, and the continual dependence on standardized testing as a measure of actual student learning. The facts are out, the voices have started to quake, and the general tenor of the educational debate …