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Letter: $50 million study of teachers was a waste

This is a first-grade classroom at Branch Brook

This is a first-grade classroom at Branch Brook Elementary School in Smithtown at the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

I think billionaire Bill Gates’ foundation wasted $50 million on a myopic study, researching the classroom performance of 3,000 teachers [“Group: Missteps in Common Core,” News, May 27].

That money could have been better spent supporting teachers, instead of trying to quantify an intangible craft. Students are not widgets, teachers are not automatons.

Supervise teachers, observe them often, listen to their needs, consider parent input, and you will have an effective formula for rating pedagogues. To spend that obscene amount on research instead of education is a travesty.

Jack Cazes, New Hyde Park

Editor’s note: The writer’s wife is a retired middle school assistant principal.

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