Holliston Ma School Superintendent, Brad Jackson, posted the piece below this past Saturday in response to a Globe Editorial in which State Commr. Mitchell Chester, among other things, gently chastised unnamed Mass School Superintendents for raising questions about Common Core and teacher evaluations. This is a good read, and we commend Superintendent Jackson for having the courage to say what many are thinking.
“I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore
“Massachusetts, like most states that have sold their souls for a few shekels of Race to the Top money (or at least the few shekels that have trickled down to local school districts), has embraced the feel-good policies of educator accountability and its accompanying bureaucratic insistence of turning students into sources of data in an attempt to solve the real and increasingly terrifying performance gap between our cities and affluent suburbs. Too bad that our leaders, when faced with the notion that these policies have only served to widen that gap, can’t show the courage of their convictions and use the data and hold themselves accountable for those failures…
“If accountability is the way to fix our performance gap then why isn’t the Globe holding the Commissioner accountable? Better yet, why isn’t Chester willing to act as a role model and take accountability for the widening of the performance gap that has taken place during his tenure as Commissioner?…”