Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Korte rebellion wrong headed; sets poor example for students

APS School Board Vice President Kathy Korte is leading a rebellion against unnecessary testing.  I object to open rebellion as an acceptable solution to any problem for which there are better, less confrontational solutions. Her rebellion is after all just a power play, albeit a power play in response to a power play (by the Public Education Department).

John Kennedy argued;

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable."
The Korte rebellion while not "violent", is not peaceful.  It is confrontational and counterproductive.

Begging a question;
Has a peaceful revolution in the evaluation of students and educators, been made impossible?  By whom?  When? Where?
Is it really too late to have a meeting* to identify and resolve the issues of evaluation of teachers and learners?  Is it really too late for civil discourse on the evaluation of teaching and learning?

*The meeting would not be of education secretaries, superintendents and union presidents.  It would be a meeting of "experts" selected solely on the likelihood that they can contribute positively to an open and honest public discussion of the issues and their best solutions.

The meeting would need to be facilitated professionally; effectively, efficiently and impartially.

photo Mark Bralley


Anonymous said...

Kathy Korte is a complete wack a doodle PTA mom on steroids with a bullying complex. Just ask any parents at Volcano Vista where Kathy believes being on the APS board allows her and her kids a multitude of special privileges. Next Kathy will be advocating for teachers to simply get paid without showing up to any of these troublesome schools were they have to teach "little brats. "Poor example" indeed.

Anonymous said...

She has been calling LBJ parents of gifted students telling them to opt out of state testing. This information is true. I can only imagine how she acts at Volcano Vista where her daughter attends classes for gifted students. To state that Kathy Korte is reckless would be an understatement. PED needs to hear about her making calls to LBJ parents.