The Sun. 3/4/13 NY Times “Review” section featured a courageous piece by a NY teacher on the destructive vagaries of teacher evaluation as it’s often done. Read it at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/opinion/sunday/confessions-of-a-bad-teacher.html?_r=1&hp .
I don’t consider the letter perfect. If I were writing it, I wouldn’t dwell on how some kids just don’t want to learn. The best teachers I’ve seen find ways to get to most of the resistant kids, too. And I’d concede that there are some neglectful or negative teachers as well — but that it’s crazy to make the job so difficult for good teachers in order to go after the minority uncaring ones.
However, we’ve got to help more teachers see how they can speak out thoughtfully like this, without jeopardizing their jobs (I bet he checked with his principal before submitting this piece to the Times!).