Leah Schultz: Teachers can’t control everything
The passage of SB 191 was met with celebration, as it inspired a standing ovation from our state’s congressmen and women. With such cause for celebration, I began to wonder if this bill could act as a model for other legislation by applying its main premise: Those who offer professional instruction should be evaluated by the behavior and performance of those they serve. In an effort to abate the problem of childhood obesity, we should create legislation that evaluates pediatricians on their patients’ improved behavior. If patients, who have been given professional instruction in improved diet and increased exercise, don’t show improvement, then pediatricians should face the loss of their practice. In addition, we could create a bill which potentially debars defense attorneys who are unable to change the behavior of their clients. If a client violates their probation and chooses to not employ the attorney’s instruction, then clearly, the attorney has not done enough to prepare his or her client to be a positive member of society. (We could apply this same practice in evaluating judges, I suppose.) Sounds like a great idea, right?
In my years of teaching, I have witnessed educators performing acts which may be considered miraculous; I have had the honor of working with professionals who should be considered superheroes for what they can accomplish in the classroom. But, I have yet to get my hands on the magic elixir which allows me to control the behavior and attitude, genetic make-up, socio-economic status, family and community support, ethical and moral decision making, and critical thinking of another human being. And, assuming that the Colorado State Congress has discovered it, I am sure that everyone would like to get their hands on it – not just the educators whose jobs now depend on it.
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