How Society Grades Teachers | Silvana Richardson |

While policy makers focus on grading teachers by their abilities to teach subject content and raise test scores, there are many other measurements slipping through the cracks. Among them is a teacher's ability to change lives because of who they are as human beings -- how well they listen, encourage, and inspire children to be active participants in civil society. These vital abilities cannot be measured quantitatively yet they have immense capacity to change the world. In a recent qualitative study, Civic Learning at the Edge: Transformative Stories of Highly Engaged Youth, college students recalled the powerful influence of educators in their lives.