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My Teacher Qualification Roadmap

Merit pay, by design, is a means to establish teacher accountability assuming that this will then ensure strong pathways of education for our students. However, this idea, most often held by those outside of education, is ill equipped to negotiate, and most importantly, tackle the root of the problem. Basing pay on test scores does two things. It sidesteps a major philosophical belief in which students themselves are no longer accountable for their own education. An inherent desire to learn and succeed is no longer necessary. By rating students solely on their scores we are taking the desire to learn out of the equation completely and replacing it with a desire to simply "pass". What will this ultimately teach them in the real world...and in the job market? As for teachers, the outlook is not any better. Limited to standards, and practice tests, and test predictor tests, and review for the state tests, teachers are forced to make their way through assessment after assessment…

Story Short: View from Above

Imagine walking into a public restroom, (the kind built for huge amounts of people); stall after stall after stall on the left, and the mirrors and sinks to the right. It is quiet inside with no human activity except your eyes catch movement near the ceiling, above one of the stalls. You look in the direction, look away, and immediately look back because you are unable to process what you are seeing. There is a woman balancing precariously on top of one of the stalls. Her face is flushed and sweat glistens on her skin…
This exact scenario actually happened to me, except I was the woman awkwardly hovering over a stall, and no one, thank god, walked in and discovered me before I completed my escape from a restroom at an airport in Denver.
I had just ended a long weekend visiting my friend Tricia. Admittedly, I spent the majority of my weekend intoxicated, but I firmly believe this has nothing to do with my entrapment. Prior to locating our gate, Tyler and I made our last pit stop. [Note:…