Secretary Arne Duncan Responds to Questions About Teachers’ Salaries and Standardized Testing
Not to perpetuate the whole teacher pay uproar, but here we have Arne Duncan saying that teachers should be paid like other professionals, doctors, lawyers, engineers. Those comments sparked some vehement disagreement on the Department of Ed. blog page.
And as for standardized testing, Secretary Duncan keeps talking about improving the assessments. He rightly belittles the idea that filling in bubbles once a year is what education is all about. Sounds good, but he will not let go of the idea of accountability through high-stakes testing, accountability for outcomes over which teachers do not have complete control.
These two stances, that teachers should be rewarded like other professionals and that they should be held accountable in such a way, are incompatible. Are doctors held accountable for how many of their patients are healthy regardless of whether the patients follow the doctor’s advice?