Lists of failed teachers are being published or circulated, resulting in their humiliation and the loss of employment as educators. Questions that must be addressed: Did the teacher complete a four-year university program and receive certification as a teacher? Has the teacher completed graduate work and/or professional development courses? Did the teacher go through an interview and screening process before being hired? As a beginning teacher, was the individual evaluated each year before tenure? Did the teacher go through an extensive evaluation process before achieving tenure? Did the administration evaluate the teacher’s work at least three times each year? If the evaluations were done, and problems identified, was the teacher given a list of deficiencies and helped to correct them? Did the teacher fail to correct identified deficiencies after three attempts by the administrator to correct problems? Was it determined by this Due Process that because of the failure to correct identified deficiencies the teacher, tenured or not, would not be retained?
OR, did the students assigned to the teacher fail to pass tests in reading and math? Were the family and community problems which damaged the students evaluated, and were the testing results adjusted to fit realistic expectations? Was the teacher working with children who came into class damaged by outside forces? Could the teacher demonstrate formative growth within a majority of students that showed they were catching-up and had a chance to enhance their skills in all disciplines?
Obviously, there are other motives for discrediting teachers. Could the move to gain access to our education tax dollars be the primary cause of this evil? Are the people doing this the same ones who wish to discredit schools and educators and take over education, for profit, not for kids? YES! So, who is next?