Thursday, October 4, 2012

100% Success=Good!?!

There is a strong opinion amongst some when it comes to education that teachers must achieve 100% success in order to be considered good. If a Florida school moves from an F to a C rating and celebrates, it is seen as foolish because a C is apparently not worth celebrating. Disregard the fact that there was improvement in student performance. If 68% of students pass the state exam, especially if it is an improvement from previous years, it is seen as a failure inasmuch as it is the equivalent of a D. It is as if teachers must pass all students all the time or else be deemed a failure. This is the case with No Child Left Behind. It states that 100% of students will be proficient in reading and math by 2014. 

Do we hold other professions to the same standards?

  • Do people in sales have to sell to 100% of customers in order to be good?
  • Do doctors have to have a 100% healing rate in preventable and/or treatable conditions in order to be good?
  • Do athletes have to win 100% of their games in order to be considered good?
  • Do lawyers have to win 100% of their cases to be considered good?
  • Do entertainers have to pass 100% of their auditions in order to be considered good?
  • Do entertainers have to sell their products to 100% of the population in order to be considered good?
  • Do chefs and cooks have to send out 100% error-free dishes in order to be considered good?
  • Do parents have to raise 100% perfect kids in order to be considered good?

The answer is NO. However, according to public opinion and federal law, teachers and schools have to have a 100% passing rate on standardized tests by 2014 in order to be considered good. If all areas of life, we tend to accept the idea that perfection is not possible. However, we seem to make education the exception. 

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