As the city and several media organizations, including NY1, submit briefings to the court today in order to have thousands of teacher data reports released, some parents in Brooklyn are rallying to keep the information private.
At a rally at P.S. 321 in Park Slope earlier today, parents said the documents are flawed. The reports "grade" teachers using a system that takes into account standardized tests scores, as well as factors affecting student performance.
"Equating education with testing is a bad idea. It's bad for the kids and it's very bad for the teachers,” said one protester. “Good schooling means much more than doing well on a multiple-choice test."
"It's public shaming. It's rooted in thinking about tests and not teaching,” said another. “It makes no sense."
Similar rallies were also held at other schools in the borough.
Publishing the reports is a public shaming, that's the whole point, of course. Bloomberg and the DOE are hoping parents clamor for their kids to be moved out of the classrooms of "bad teachers," giving them more ammo to get seniority and tenure protections gutted.
I'd like to say we ought to try our own experiment in public shaming right back on the DOE people, the politicians and the media shills clamoring for this stuff to be published.
Unfortunately, these people are beyond shame.