Thus, Cuomo suggested reducing the input of school principals, the people who know teachers best, to 15%. The input of outside observers sent by the State would then count for 35%. The largely failing scores of students on high-stakes tests would account for the other 50%. Such a formula (or brew) might be able to work miracles in a witch hunt.
Amid all of these new proposals, don't you wonder where they will find this new class of "outside observers"? Sounds like a great gig--for a certain kind of person! Will these outside observers have more experience than our APs? Will they have more experience than the teachers they observe? Will they come with a quota in mind? Will they accept bribes?
At any rate, just because the imagination can sometimes be worse than the concrete, let me ease your mind with these pictures of a trial run staged by outside observers at our school. In their favor, let me say that they were very punctual as teachers mounted the scaffolding at 7 a.m. sharp, very sharp, indeed!
|A Gift from the Governor to Our School|
The outside observers had a very busy day, as you can imagine. When they finally finished cleaning their blades and moved on, there was a great sense of relief among the teachers in our building.
|After completing the Governor's dirty work, the outside observers ride off into the sunset.|
Let me conclude on a lighter note. In the picture below, teachers make merry in the cafeteria following their departure.