The problem with this over-analy­­sis of teachers and student achievemen­­t is that the public and politician­­s act as if it’s a one-to-one correlatio­­n. We tend to think that great teachers lead to great students, when there are far too many variables (community climate, poverty, parental engagement­­, school leadership­­, district-l­­evel resources) involved to put most of the responsibi­­lity for student achievemen­­t (or lack thereof) on individual teachers and schools.

On a related note, governors like Chris Christie in New Jersey are part of the problem regarding overheated rhetoric around teachers these days. His taped verbal beat-down of a teacher at a town hall last month and the relatively warm reception it’s received was both sexist and indicative of a nation’s screwed up priorities­­. If the people lamenting the lack of livable wages were police officers, firefighte­­rs, or EMT workers, Christie’s comments would have created enough negative publicity to hamper his efforts at re-electio­­n in three years. But because it was a shrill teacher, it was okay to tell the woman in so many words to get over it and be quiet. Until we see teachers as providing a a service as important and as patriotic as a police officer or firefighte­­r, expect the battle for corporatiz­­ing K-12 education and teachers as customer service representa­­tives to continue.
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