Passion and Perspective

Passion and Perspective
Passion is a fire that burns anything in its path

Teaching and learning is an extremely complex human transaction. In schools today, we worry that too many students are not experiencing positive learning experiences and therefore may become more of a burden to society rather than a contributor to society. We try to take the best lessons from research in improving our schools. Every state is currently engaged in re-examining standards and anticipating a next generation of student assessments. As a result of federal leadership, increased focus is placed upon creating rigorous teacher evaluation systems that are objective and standardized. It is hoped that an increased emphasis on evaluation will recognize outstanding teachers, direct mediocre teachers to professional improvement and expel substandard teacher from the profession. These evaluation efforts seek to identify a skills list that comprise the teaching process. This complex analysis of teaching is likely to result in what I call a “paralysis of analysis”.

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