Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Teacher Turnover Is Predictable - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week

Teacher Turnover Is Predictable - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week:

 "If there's one constant in the debate over how to improve failing schools, it's the demand to get rid of bad teachers and replace them with good ones. After all, the argument goes, it's their job to teach students, and if they can't produce evidence to support their effectiveness, then it's time to sack them.

I admit that the argument is alluring. But like so many controversies, there's another side to the story. It has to do with the reality of the classroom. Specifically, it's about the unprecedented challenge facing teachers today. I'm talking about the pressure to boost standardized test scores - the primary gauge of measuring success - for the ever increasing number of students who come from chaotic backgrounds."
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