While mowing yesterday my mind wandered – as it often does – and here are some of those thoughts. Not too many answers but more questions….
- Is it possible to “quantify” a teacher’s impact on a student? Is there really a tool that can do this? For every teacher? Who has time to go through all of this data?
- Is it possible to “quantify” all of the other outside school factors that impact a student’s learning? Think: nutrition, safety, sleep, family structure/support etc. how would we change our education system with the data?
- What if every teacher in the state refused to give a standardized test? What if we gave a standardized test every six weeks and got instant feedback? Would this track student growth more efficiently?
- What if every teacher assessed their students in an alternative way? Portfolio, project, community outreach, etc.
- What would happen if we allowed teachers to teach, at max, four hours each day? Then used those other hours to lesson plan? No other required duties allowed.
- What if there was a law that banned scripted, test prep lessons? Would teachers take more risks in the classroom?
- What if we changed school districts and matched them to county lines? Does anything change? If so is it so bad we regret it or after a few years does it work out?
- What if we only allowed people with masters degrees to be teachers? Would this make a difference in the impact a teacher makes?
- What if school districts stopped funding athletics? Athletics became a community club organization, similar to Europe. Would this save any money? Or would the loss of revenue from ticket sales make the difference?
- Why don’t teachers vote? With early voting and mail-in ballots, what is so hard about this? Would we vote if our name went into the mega-millions lottery? Would this be a bad idea?
I don’t have too many answers here…just lots of questions – it seems to me that there are some things that teachers could do better. There is also a lot of room for policy creators to improve. Together – we will make a positive change!
Pardon any significant typos – this was done on my phone at my son’s soccer practice