Alternative to blaming teachers?

teacherEven President Obama expressed his approval for the mass teacher firings at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island. But “the ‘fire them all’ approach doesn’t reflect the complexity of teaching in challenging schools,” wrote Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, in USA Today. Instead of being blamed and fired, she argued: “Central Falls High School teachers should be lauded for helping to boost reading and writing scores by 22 and 14 percent, respectively, over the past two years, despite the disruptive turnover in principals, assistant principals and programs with each new administrator. The school board and superintendent should have asked what they could do to help good teachers become great teachers. Teachers need tools, time and trust from administrators to help students succeed.”