Now that will be one interesting meeting. It started a minute ago. I’m not there. I don’t think they would want me there. But I do hope lots and lots of parents show up and ask A LOT of questions! Deep, probing questions. I welcome any comments or emails about what happened at this board meeting.
First up is a man who is not known outside of the education world in Delaware. But he will have a huge effect on the education landscape starting in March. He is the spearhead of the Smarter Balanced Assessment at the Delaware DOE. He is also a data freak. Brian Touchette, we have found a more effective way for you to play with data.
This is data you can play with anytime you want. It can’t be used to close schools or judge teachers and students. You can play with Data 24 hours a day, all week long. But please, stop using our children as data. They have individual minds.
Next up is our surfer dude at the DOE. As chief of the teacher effectiveness group, Chris Ruszkowski is tasked with finding ways to make teachers less effective by drowning them in professional development and more nefarious ways to make them look bad. His plans didn’t work out too well in 2014 as 99% of teachers in Delaware were effective or better. We know there is a contract bid for an evaluation of the system your group helped to create, but might we suggest something that has worked through the years?
For your Christmas present, we thought you could benefit from a group skydiving gift certificate. The key word here is group, as it takes a collaborative effort with all stakeholders to get results. Demeaning and ridiculing our educators is NOT effective, and the only way you will ever get their respect is through something we like to call teamwork!
For the group that can’t seem to figure out what year their conquest of Delaware schools will happen, we have a simple Christmas gift for you. Like Mr. Touchette above, this is a vision you can play with anytime you like. We just don’t want you sharing your vision with our state moving forward. Your plan reeks with the stench of corporate education reform, and we grow tired of it.
This is Vision. He’s an Avenger. This will be his year, because he will be in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. The Vision is a soulless android who can become intangible. Kind of like your vision for education in Delaware.