Parents and community leaders are being alerted to troubling new
language that is being inserted into teacher performance
evaluations by public schools in Denver, Colorado.
The Denver Public Schools' new evaluation framework calls for
teachers to be evaluated on how well they encourage students to
challenge the dominant culture and work for social justice.
Ben DeGrow of the Independence Institute says that is out of
"A lot of work has been done to update teacher evaluations, but
with this particular action DPS [Denver Public Schools] has taken a
left turn away from what the primary focus of that law is and added
the idea of pushing a political agenda onto the teacher
evaluations," says the education and labor public policy
Aside from the concern over the left-leaning political agenda of
the evaluations, DeGrow wonders what school administrators will be
looking for in trying to evaluate performance.
"Will it be taking students on a field trip to an Occupy Denver
or Occupy Wall Street event? Or on the other side, would it be
taking students to a Tea Party rally or to a more conservative
event?" asks the spokesman.
DeGrow says the Institute is hoping parents will begin to demand
more of a commonsense approach to teacher evaluations.