Dumb and Dumber.
In case you haven’t noticed, I have a bunch of hater-groupies. Every once in a while when I have collected a bunch, I will post them.
Readers seem to enjoy reading the trolls. And I, frankly, enjoy writing the responses.
Yesterday’s Washington Post reported that a New York judge ruled that the value added evaluation of teachers, aka VAM, was “capricious and arbitrary.”
Teachers have been saying this for years. But what did we know.
Now a judge agrees with us.
I drew a cartoon this morning illustrating the judge’s decision.
Naurally the trolls reacted.
“To some, accountability to others,” wrote “Clyde.”
“Evaluations Schmevaluations. We don’t need no steenking teacher evaluations. They’re all excellent, so fugeddaboutit. Eh?” wrote “Akvida.”
The problem with the teacher-haters is that their ideological blinders force them into a belief in the bifurcation fallacy.
That is, since I am against bad evaluation I am against all teacher evaluation.
Bad evaluation is using tests that were designed to measure students’ understanding and use them to measure teacher instructional ability. Which they were not designed to do.
There is much doubt whether those tests are even valid or reliable in measuring student understanding. We know that the results are near useless in guiding instruction, not timely, and measure outcomes that are disconnected to what is taught.
Now, I admit that figuring out good teacher evaluation is complex. In my old district we spent a lot of time exploring those complexities and through conversation, committee work, bargaining and negotiations, we came up with a pretty good system. It was a road map for getting rid of bad teachers. It was protection for teachers against the whims of administrators.
Anyone who has a boss knows that they do have whims.
But our district’s evaluation system was tossed out after Illinois enacted PERA, the Performance Evaluation Reform Act.
My trolls would love PERA if they took the time to read it.
It fits perfectly into their binary vision.
No messy complexity.