I hate teacher’s unions

Michelle Rhee is leading an effort to improve Washington, D.C. schools which resulted in over 200 teachers losing their jobs and she is taking a lot of flak for it.

In an article on CNN.com, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is quoted as saying “everyone who teaches gets better with time and gets better with experience, just like ballplayers and others.”

Bullshit.

Not everyone gets better with time.  A lot of people, in every area of life, continue in mediocrity no matter how long they do something.  I played clarinet for 3 1/2 years, but after the first year or so, I didn’t improve very much.  I hated practicing, so I didn’t practice, so I didn’t get better.

The same thing happens with teachers.  I’ve seen it.  After the initial, inevitable learning curve, the teachers who continue to improve are the ones who work hard to do so.  Just being in the classroom for years does NOT make someone a better teacher.  It just makes them an experienced teacher.

Kudos to Michelle for valuing children more than politics.  We need more of that in this country.

Read the story here if you’re interested.

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  1. Joel Altsman

     /  July 25, 2010

    100% agree!!

    We need many more Michelle’s and Rachel’s in the classrooms and administrations across the country.

    Reply
  2. Becca

     /  July 27, 2010

    Hooray ACCOUNTABILITY!

    Reply

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