Let us pretend that physicians of all specialties were held to similar measures of accountability and enveloped with the same kinds of discourses that we see in education reform debates. What might that look like?
School districts like New York City are considering making teacher performance ratings public. One of the many problems with this is that the state tests which these tests are based on, well... they suck.
Teach Tony Danza is not a rigorous investigation of our education system. But the show does a nice job spotlighting some of the complexities of teaching and the keen awareness students have of their learning environment.
Until newspapers stop turning the complicated science of education into a numbers racket, the lies will keep coming, and our children will continue to lose out on their best hope for a successful future.