Thank you, Mr. Slider
Some teachers say things like this in casual conversation, but rarely for publication. Tom Slider, a technology resource specialist at Armwood High School, is the exception. Here's some of what he said Wednesday about the new Gates-funded evaluations in Hillsborough County:
"I will admit there are some teachers in Hillsborough County that do not need to be in the system. Promote them or have them retire (I know, not a union outlook). The evaluation portion needed to be improved. I don't know if this is the way but, it is a start.
"Students come in tired or have parents that either don't care or have no interest in their child's education. We seem to be raising someone else's kids in the classroom, which leaves little or no time to teach. Most of our students haven't been taught manners and respect at home and the parents seem to expect us as teachers to take care of that."
A 1971 graduate of Northeast High School, he continued, "Thanks to my parents and teachers, I have a Masters in Education. Without their joint foundations, I wouldn't have made it this far."
Because of Slider's specialty, he has not yet been evaluated. He described his remarks as "radical." Would you?