Franklin Lears 
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Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

The commenter C. Small believes that standards help everyone, but this is not true when the rigid application of standards means students are set up to fail. The teacher must meet the student at an appropriate level of instruction - this is called "scaffolding," not diminished expectations. Criticisms of the kind leveled by C. Small seem to generally come from parents of academically advanced students who think not going to college is a mark of failure. They claim, along with the advocates of corporate education "reform," that more "rigorous" standards (and the accompanying high stakes tests) will somehow help even the lower-performing students, but what they are really concerned with is that the presence of these students "is holding my kid back." Also, while there are certainly teachers who should no longer be in the profession, and Small cites anecdotes to this effect, he/she does not deal with the possibility that older teachers are being targeted for budgetary or other political reasons. Why would so many older and more highly educated teachers be targeted? Where are the "accumulated years of complaints" and why wouldn't the school district make this plain?

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Posted by Franklin Lears on 04/03/2014 at 12:12 PM

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