by John Owens
"Today, in New York City, as well as in schools around America, "bad teacher" and "teacher" have become almost interchangeable. Listen to billionaire "visionaries" such as Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, as well as "experts" such as Michelle Rhee. The problem with our schools is bad teachers. As The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead wrote in September 2012, "A certain casual demonization of teachers has become sufficiently culturally prevalent that it passes for uncontroversial."
"We have to fix this problem. America must get real and understand that no silver bullet is going solve our educational issues.
"The first thing to recognize is that not everything in life—and certainly not in education—can be quantified. We have let data and spreadsheets hijack our educational system. Of course, we must have tests and assessments, but to make "raising the numbers" the point of education is not beneficial to anyone except those who make tests."