Re: "TNT panders on student test scores" (letter, 3-22).|
Very few people enjoy the process of having their workplace performance evaluated. It puts pressure on us and makes us feel vulnerable, no matter how well we may be doing our job. Teachers are no different.Like the rest of us, though, they need to suck it up and understand that like everyone, they will be judged on how well they achieve the objective of their job: educating children.
Each of us can make the argument that external factors can undermine our performance. A difficult marriage, for example, can diminish anyone’s job performance. So can a sick child, disputes with neighbors and personal illness. It’s no excuse, however. We are expected by our employer to do our jobs, and performance evaluations are how that’s done.
That’s what we, the teachers’ ultimate boss, expect from them as well.
As for the argument that one key to improving Washington schools is to pay teachers more, I fail to see how giving a big raise to people who work 10 months of the year and get every paid holiday off – plus snow days, training days and other perks – will improve a child’s performance.
The editorial got it right.