ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SEC. DUNCAN, TEACHING IS LIKE BASKET BALL; IT’S NOT!

Although, as a professional teacher I disagree with President Obama’s appointment of Arne Duncan to the position of Secretary of Education and disagree with President Obama’s and Duncan’s education policy, Sec. Duncan did said something I do agree with, “As a society, we don’t value what’s truly important. We value celebrity, we value athletes . . .”

It’s ironic that Duncan, a professional basketball player, was appointed Asst. Supt. in the Chicago Schools and subsequently to be Superintendent of the Chicago Schools based his basketball career and he had no experience as a public school teacher.

Duncan’s success was raising Chicago student’s SAT scores; any professional Public School Teacher can tell you, SATs are not an evaluation of anything but cognitive learning and that’s not what Public Schools are about. A student can have perfect SAT scores and not be able to do a damn thing.

SATs do not determine whether a student will succeed in life.

Everything the Secretary and President have done in Education is based on SAT scores; that is exasperating to teachers.

As a professional teacher, I resent having a Secretary of Education that has never experienced the responsibility of teaching a classroom of students to succeed in life. The responsibility is awesome.

As one Superintendent said, “Teaching is a highly skilled, highly nuanced task. It actually is Rocket Science to teach a Third Grader to read on Grade level.”

You will never hear Secretary Duncan utter those words; to him teaching is competitive, like basketball.

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