The lament from a teacher which my friend, syndicated MDJ columnist Dick Yarbrough, recently sent to the state Legislature (via his column) is strong evidence of many problems in our public schools which I hope legislators will address - each and every one of them!
But this lament offers no reason why teachers should not be measured. Certainly all executives and staff in the education system should also be measured, and paid, on their performance and the performance of the system which they serve.
My business experience, my experience as a teacher and my experience as a board member in education and charitable organizations all teach me of the vital importance of measurement systems. Good will is not enough.
In my days of yore, my public school teachers regularly had over 30 students in their classes. In my short stint of teaching math at Georgia Tech, I had over 30 students per class. The private school where I was a board member, any my life of teaching in the business world, had more variety.
The conditions we impose on our public school teachers in many ways inhibits their ability to teach, and the learning experience for our children. These problems need to be corrected. Failure to use measurements would not solve the problems teachers face, and it would only serve to maintain some of the less competent in their jobs.
Please act wisely in solving our problems. Do not be afraid of proven strategies, no matter how sad the lament.
To my friend Dick Yarbrough, please don't seek to prevent progress with such anecdotal laments. We respect the job Amy Myers, and your son, are trying to do. Lets help them without resisting proven principles.