Race to more bureacracy or real results
Jan 24, 2012 12:06 am
Michael Winerip argues that Obama's "Race To The Top" initiative creates a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy in the schools for a minimal investment from the Federal government. Writing in The New York Times education blog, he questions whether the Federal government's education reform program will produce any dividends in the schools. The article describes the efforts of one school administrator in Long Island to create an assessment system for music and band teachers that will comply with the new standards. Paul R. Infante, the director of fine and applied arts for the Commack School District on Long Island, tells Winerip implementing an arbitrary system will, "take so much time away from instruction to focus on the assessment.” He also says he can’t tell whether the state will be rigorous in its oversight, or do just enough to satisfy federal regulations. He feels certain about one thing: “A considerable amount of time will be spent creating a significant amount of mandated paperwork.” The article also traces the chronology of the current dispute between the state and the teachers' unions over teacher assessments. Read Winerip's critique of Race To The Top in the New York Times.