|Commissioner Uses Forum on Good Teaching Practices to Take a Cheap Shot Against Good TeachersAt an event sponsored by the Boston Foundation last month, seven teachers explained their practices to an attentive crowd. One of the respondents was state Commissioner Mitchell Chester, who couldn’t resists a dig after the teachers had spoken. Here’s how he responded as best as can be transcribed from notes taken at the event.
So, I need to address the elephant in the room. I don’t mean this as a personal attack, but 3 of the 7 presenters tonight are from a school that I have decided to put into receivership. The Dever-McCormack is a failing school. For the past several years, science, literacy, and math scores have been low. What that tells me is that you might be doing creative things at your school, but you’re not teaching the basics. Kids aren’t learning the foundations. And that means that you teachers need to do more for your school.
The Boston Foundation took down the tape of the event two days after it was posted, presumably so as not to bite the hand of the commissioner that feeds it. Therefore the above is a close but not necessarily exact version of the commissioner’s statement. See here.
Thank you to Edushyster for providing some research for this story.