Friday, February 24, 2012
Has The UFT Leadership Failed Us Again? I Believe They Have!
I have been trying to absorb all the information about the pros and cons of the "teacher evaluation system" and believe that the final product will result in a tremendous increase in teachers being rated "ineffective" and eventually terminated. In particular, I see senior teachers being the ones most at risk as they are when it came to the ATR issue. While it is true what union propagandist, Leo Casey, said in his Edwize article that much of the "teacher evaluation system" needs to be "collectively bargained" with the union before it can take effect, the reality is the union will allow the DOE to effectively eliminate tenure as we know it.
Reading Leo Casey's defense of the union's approval of the "teacher evaluation system" reminds me of his infamous defense of the terrible 2005 contract that he tried to convince us was good for the classroom teachers. History has showed otherwise. Rather than go into detail of the faults of the "teacher evaluation system", please read Accountable Talk, the ICEUFT blog, and nyc educator. I might add that many New York State Principals oppose the use of the "teacher evaluation system". Why would our union and NYSUT cave in to an obviously flawed system?
I will blog more about the specifics of the "teacher evaluation system" as I digest all the information and try to come out with a more reasoned analysis that links everything together.