Letter: Tests are tearing apart schools
It's disappointing to see that most Long Island districts have succumbed to the blackmail that will lead to more meaningless testing of students via dumbed-down tests to supposedly validly evaluate their teachers ["Evaluating teachers, tests," News, Oct. 12].
I have been teaching for more than 47 years, and Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, and Syosset High School student Nikhil Goyal seemed to be lone voices for sanity in the Oct. 11 hearings before the state Education Reform Commission.
I would bet that principal Burris has spent more time in the classroom than state Education Commissioner John King, and I agree with her that "the obsession with test-based evaluation of students, schools and teachers is tearing the schools we love apart."
If you want to truly reform education to the betterment of students, get the government and the calculator out of the classroom, and hire teachers who excel on Graduate Record Examinations in their subject matter. Let master teachers who become principals evaluate teachers, tell the federal government to keep its borrowed money, and see if more nationally uniform texts can be devised.
Michael Brozinsky, Central Islip
Editor's note: The writer is an assistant professor at Queensborough Community College.