Letters to the Editor

Poor evaluation

February 10, 2012


To the editor:

So Brownback wants to evaluate teachers based on a one-shot test, among other things, and post the evaluation on the Internet. The Kansas State Department of Education is already working on an evaluation system for educators in Kansas. KEEP, or Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol, is being tested in 17 school districts in Kansas. This program has been developed with the input of teachers. The proposal by Brownback doesn’t look like KEEP at all. We should let people who know education best develop the proper evaluation system for Kansas teachers.


3up3down 2 years, 2 months ago

Good by brownie......move to Missouri............PLEASE!!!!


budwhysir 2 years, 2 months ago

I sure hope all those teachers get a good nights sleep and eat a healthy meal the morning of the test.....


streetman 2 years, 2 months ago

How dare the governor suggest that not all teachers are above average? Heresy! And certainly "the people who know education the best" can be trusted to come up -- in a few more decades -- with a meaningful evaluation process that will not only reward the best (at least 99.9% of educators) while identifying those few who are merely average.


jaywalker 2 years, 2 months ago

Check me if I'm wrong, but isn't a "two shot deal"? I thought the teacher's got two years of review.


Agnostick 2 years, 2 months ago

Zombies are very, very easy creatures to spot, and they take little or no time to figure out.

They have no respect for private property, whatsoever (despite hypocritical claims that they do). Once dispatched, they return... invading the same area over and over and over again. Many attempt feeble, childish disguises: a different jacket, a new name tag, the occasional pair of "Groucho glasses." Most watchful, alert humans see right through these disguises, though.

Their staggering and swaying is likely due to a severe degradation and decay of their spinal column--they really have no backbone to work with.

Their loud, droning, sometimes guttural sounds are easy to detect, but almost impossible to decipher. Vocabulary is generally limited to a meager handful of words and phrases. For this reason, logical debate or conversation of any kind is impossible.


its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

Amazing, isn't it FHNC? How the lefties change their angle on what can or should and what can't or shouldn't be said about our leaders--depending on who it is.

FHNC, do you remember the W/Cheney/Rove years? I do. Remember the hateful stuff Palin endured? Funny how now all of a sudden we have Brownback---fair game for all manner of vicious attacks (calling him Brownstain for example or Kansas-- Brownbackistan) and meanwhile, we're being excoriated for jumping Obama's case.

I can't figure these creatures out, can you?


FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 2 months ago

Government union employees shouldn't have to take tests.

Tests are hard. Though, I would let government union employees intellectually develope tests for children to take.

It seems like the union thing to do.

btw, government are people too.

(from a source)


friendlyjhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

If teachers are rated and hung out on a line to wave in the wind, then the REAL teachers of children, the parents, should also have their skills evaluated and put out in public for everyone to see. Also all that home school should have the same evaluation as teachers in real live schools where they have obtained education and training to do their jobs. Buying a computer program and having it administered by a high school grad (at best) doesn't make the parent a teacher. There are bad performers in every occupation but to make teachers more responsible then parents is wrong. Mom and Dad it is your gene pool and you are ultimately the most responsible when your kid doesn't do well. Don't give them an excuse to fail. And don't be the excuse for their failing.


Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

Let's not forget Gov Sam Brownback is from the party that gave public school education NO Child Left Behind. For the moment let's refer to that party as the ALEC Party. Now the NCLB concept is getting left behind because of the incompetence attached to it. NCLB was designed to make public education appear to be a failure.

The Gov Brownback party has a strategy. ALEC. When that party of ALEC wants to move more of OUR tax dollars in to the bank accounts of their special interest campaign donors immediately the Brownback party of incompetence begins to paint the public school system as this evil failure.

They never shut up and keep saying nasty things until enough taxpayers believe it.

This strategy gets direction from the people who want want OUR trillions of tax dollars in their bank accounts. Who might that be? The privatization of public school lobby. Ever heard of ALEC?

This evaluation of teachers coming from the Brownback party will be one more misinformation tool used to badger the public school system.

How many more times are taxpayers going to fall for this fraudulent nonsense?

Medicare,Medicaid and Social Security Insurance are also victims of the ALEC message. The message of evil. How many more times are taxpayers going to fall for this fraudulent nonsense?


imastinker 2 years, 2 months ago

Wiat, isn't this the same group of morons that keeps making national news by debating whether to teach Charles Darwin?


its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

Since Kyle was not respectful enough to put the word "Governor" in front of "Brownback"----at least once in the opening sentence, I'd at least think the editor(s) would have fixed it up a bit.


grammaddy 2 years, 2 months ago

Agreed! And we need to stop trying to punish teachers and give them the credit they are due. I visit the Grands' classrooms frequently.From what I've seen, if your child isn't learning, it's probably not the teacher's fault.Teach your kids to show some respect.


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