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Evaluating Individual Teachers Won't Solve Systemic Educational Problems


Thank you, Dr. Cohen, for this most helpful and concise explanation of why most of our current attempts at education reform either fail or produce only spotty results. I'm encouraged that some, particularly within the teaching profession, are beginning to understand the systemic nature of the problem and the need to address it at that level.

I am a teacher, I have had he experienced with students that have parents that support what I do in the classroom. These students become more confident in there learning you see in the work they do and participation. I have had parents that could care less and that child will decline in partipqtion will become weaker in the work and socialization with it's peers. The teacher knows and can sense the difference of caliber of student. Why then politicians and governmental entities want to demonize teachers. Yes there are teachers that ares fringed than others. We are different individuals. Like any other professions.

I'm looking forward to reading your book. It sounds quite interesting. Do you have a way to estimate the impact of the infrastructure reforms you're suggesting? I ask, because part of the appeal of the "get better teachers" argument is that the benefits have been quantified by researchers like Hanushek (sp?), and they are large. Most arguments, such as yours, don't make a serious attempt to quantify the impact of the suggested reform. Perhaps these answers are in your book or another source I am unfamiliar with?


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