Here we go again with an overemphas­is on teacher effectiven­ess as THE way to high student achievemen­t. Yes, teachers — especially elementary school teachers — deserve higher pay, on par with a middle-man­ager in a nonprofit or in government­. But parental and community engagement­, curriculum alignment, ending high-stake­s testing, an emphasis on literacy across the curriculum­, more profession­al developmen­t, better training school leadership are also needed. Not to mention address related issues of poverty and overall community developmen­t and health.

It’s a bit disingenuo­us to put a price tag on — excuse me, a cost-benef­its approach to describing — teacher effectiven­ess, to say the least. Without the inclusion of non-helico­pter / non-soccer mom parents as part of schooling or education reform, and without supportive and effective school leadership­, having great teachers will only mean they’ll move on after five years for a job that pays more. All of this is this corporate mentality to improving education, an approach that has worked so well for us in banking, real estate and hiring, right?
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