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We Won’t Improve Education By Making Teachers Hate Their Jobs


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We Won’t Improve Education By Making Teachers Hate Their Jobs

Jeff Bryant

Does this sound like a place you’d like to work?

The work environment is “depressing” … “morale is at an all-time low.”

“It feels like a lot of busy work and hoop jumping and detracts from the work.” “Every move … needs to be documented and noted.”

“We have to respond to feedback given by an administrator who did a one-minute walk through and thought they knew what was going on … but didn’t.”

“There is no time for conversations” … “my salary has been frozen for six years” … “everyone feels like losers.”

Probably not.


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Part of our society's blind-faith in capitalism is an obsessive need for 'metrics'': pseudoscience used to reinforce the importance of the managerial class. I see the same thing in medicine, in which such pettifoggery falls under the rubric of "quality", and am reminded of a junior executive at a corporate meeting, who needs a Powerpoint to compensate for the lack of actual ideas.