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STRIKE: Evaluations the norm in the real world

Letter by Rod A. Mathies, University Place on Sep. 16, 2011 at 11:57 am with 10 Comments »
September 16, 2011 2:01 pm

I have worked in many jobs for more than 50 years, from entry level to management, corporate comptroller, CFO and president. I have never had a job in which I was not evaluated on my performance and subject to being hired, fired or transferred by my superiors.

That is the way it is in the real world: Perform satisfactorily or look for another job.

I agree that teachers are important members of our society  but cannot see why their jobs are as sacred as Supreme Court justices, which the Constitution requires to be appointed for life.

I am now self-employed and have several hundred “bosses” for whom I serve at their pleasure. I can be hired or fired by them on any whim or desire.

I am very concerned that we have teachers who fear being evaluated. What kind of person fears being fired for poor performance and thinks they should be protected from it?

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  1. Additionally, to complain because evaluations are subjective is pure folly. Of course they’re subjective…they are subject to the standards set by the boss. Whether or not you like those standards is not the point.

  2. The teachers I know do not fear being evaluated. They welcome it. They are not opposed to the 10 point evaluation the district has suggested. Most think it’s a great idea. They just want clarification on how the district will evaluate these points, and the district has failed to give that clarification so far. The way I understand it, teachers simply want transparency in the proposed process. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask…certainly they give that to their students every day.

  3. PumainTacoma says:

    Well said Rod. Agree, professionals don’t stamp a time clock, nor do they tell their boss where they want to work in order to best serve their clients and company.

    The union has no clue what many of us in the “other” professional world do everyday, get up (everyone does this), drive to work early (everyone does this even those Seattle commuters), have demanding clients, managers, managing lean operations and providing value to the company.

    We get evaluated twice a year and yes 360 evaluations, too.

    The union needs to progress with the rest of the professional world.

  4. “I agree that teachers are important members of our society but cannot see why their jobs are as sacred as Supreme Court justices, which the Constitution requires to be appointed for life.”

    Interesting that you’d make this comparison. The Supreme Court recently sold our elections to the highest bidder. Can we evaluate?

  5. “PumainTacoma says:
    September 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm
    Well said Rod. Agree, professionals don’t stamp a time clock, nor do they tell their boss where they want to work in order to best serve their clients and company”

    Go tell an NFL quarterback he has to play defensive line and see who is professional.

    A professional is one that gets paid for serviced rendered. The rest is hyperbole.

  6. theglovesRoff says:

    And the beat goes on……..

  7. So, the teachers are telling us the only issue is the evaluation process. For that the parents and kids have to bear the brunt of a strike! The evaluation process may be too subjective? If the evaluation process is result based on the kids test scores, then just about every teacher will get a big fat F.

    So far the teachers have flunked civics.

  8. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Kard, we all get a vote on Supreme Ct justices every four years when we elect a President.

    Your blind support of unions shows how shallow you are. To support a cause, organization or individual shows interest in the community and political process. To follow those same entities every time, no matter what the issue, shows utter and complete ignorance and a lack of individual thought.

  9. SwordofPerseus says:

    “sacred as Supreme Court justices, which the Constitution requires to be appointed for life.”

    Actually the part about the Supreme Court is not in the Constitution, look it up. The President is granted the power to appoint Supreme Court Justices.(Article II section 2).
    Congress determines the length of service of the SCJ’s. By the power granted to congress in Article I Section 1. The number of Justices and the length of service has changed since the penning of the Constitution. FYI.

  10. yabetchya says:

    I remember a school, where when the new principal came in, the teachers were up in arms, infact many transfered out because they couldn’t do their own evaluations any more.

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