U.S. Education Department bigfoots Illinois

Illinois pressured to push up teacher evaluations

State plan set target of 2016-17 school year for full implementation of rating system, but feds want it up and running 2 years earlier

So reports the Chicago Tribune

Great. Hire some more "evaluators" and take more money out of actual teaching. As if school bureaucracies are not overloaded enough already with all sorts of monitors, specialists, experts and know-it-alls.

I'm all for evaluating teachers and holding them accountable for maintaining the progress of their students. But somehow a bunch of "standards" and "procedures" created by some distant bureaucrat and scholar isn't workable, no matter how well intentioned. Or how carefully planned. That thought that someone distant can do all this effectively is arrogant and another example of "progressive" thought that we all need overseers.

However, local public schools have themselves partially to blame. If there are rotten teachers, they should have been removed.

Can't be done so easily, though. Not when union contractual protections make enforcement of quality teaching so difficult. But it's not just Chicago teachers that are organized; principals also have their own, separate union. These are the supervisors, the managers, the officer corps, as it were.

So, incompetence at the local level spawns new levels of incompetence at higher levels. Which require the creation of new levels of monitors until we're all drowning in them.




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