Ragged Clown

It's just a shadow you're seeing that he's chasing…


Teacher Relations

I hope it’s not bad taste to post a story about good versus bad teachers on a day when Santa Clara laid off 1000 teachers.


We’ve spent years working on ways to restructure schools, but what matters most is the relationship between one student and one teacher. You ask a kid who has graduated from high school to list the teachers who mattered in his life, and he will reel off names. You ask a kid who dropped out, and he will not even understand the question. Relationships like that are beyond his experience.

On a day when my work colleagues and I were discussing appropriate metrics to track, I wonder…

….if you asked all school kids to list the teachers who mattered, what would be the coorelation between that list and the teachers that do well/badly on more traditional metrics (test scores)?