This month’s National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has an interesting article on the modern evolution of the teaching profession for good and for bad. It addresses how the role of standardized testing and concepts of ‘merit based pay’ have impacted the development of pedagogy and classroom culture.
Increasingly, teachers in both the public and independent sector are being asked to teach the same material in the same way at the same time so that standards and accountability measures can be established.
The degree to which “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top” legislation and related reforms have negatively impacted teachers’ abilities to act in a professional capacity is only beginning to get the attention it deserves. The most offensive examples belong to the public sector, but, increasingly, independent schools have also borne the brunt of the global assault on teacher professionalism. In classrooms and schools across the country, teachers are under attack and the public trust that many teachers once enjoyed is threatened by the media, politicians, school boards, and sometimes even by fellow educators.
I count myself fortunate that I work in an Independent School that values teacher independence and creativity – my administration and colleagues supported my recent grant proposal to attend an innovative Ed Tech conference this month and a Global Education conference in La Jolla a few months ago. but even we have been hit (to a lesser degree) by the recent political attacks lobbed at the profession in its entirety.
I highly encourage you to read this article and look forward to your own thoughts. You can read the article in its entirety here.