TO THE EDITOR:
I have just read in the newspaper that Sen. Luther Olsen is advocating an education system in which teachers be evaluated and dismissed according to their students’ test scores.
I am sure Sen. Olsen is a good person, but even good people can be misinformed.
I am a retired teacher and taught in a town with four elementary schools. Two of the schools were in affluent neighborhoods, the other two in less affluent.
We taught children who did not have the same opportunities as did those in the other schools.
However, we were there to encourage them to be the best they could be.
They maybe did not have the best test scores, but they became great citizens, hard workers, good neighbors, caring people and yes, many of them gave their lives fighting in the armed forces for our country that we might live in peace and justice.
Where would these people be if there hadn’t been compassionate, caring teachers?...
Please think again about evaluating a person based on test scores. How many people do you know who did not do well in school, but have become great leaders and made great contributions to society?
What would have happened if we dismissed the teachers who encouraged them?
— Ardis Mitchell
To read the entire letter, see the June 2, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.