Why do I teach?

Editors Note:  An extraordinarily moving piece by a teacher who blogs using the name Jo Lieb I wrote this April 11, 2005. I was contemplating leaving the profession at that time. I didn’t. And despite all the horror we are going through almost 10 years later, there is nothing else I want to be doing. I…

VAMboozled: NY Goes from Bad to Idiotic

Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, one of the nation’s leading researchers of VAM, says Néw York is going from bad to idiotic in doubling the importance of test scores in teacher and principal evaluations. The chair of the Board of Regents, Merryl Tisch, and Governor Cuomo are “pushing for a system in which these scores would “trump all,”…