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Letter: Teacher evals a 'gotcha' program

Classrooms across Long Island were empty on Thursday.

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As a retired teacher, I have nothing to gain or lose with this new evaluation system ["Teacher evaluations will factor into mayoral race," Editorial, June 4]. But as a former teacher, I know future generations have everything to lose and nothing to gain. There is nothing in this evaluation system that helps teachers improve. It is only a gotcha system.

If people really care about teacher quality, they should bring in quality administrators. When I started teaching in the 1970s, an assistant principal taught me how to teach, how to question and how to manage a classroom. Today's administrators barely have teaching experience, and some have almost none in the subject they are in charge of.

There is no argument about teachers being evaluated. But the evaluation should be meaningful, not junk science and not conducted by a person who, for example, taught math but is now in charge of special education. Everyone who is touting this new system should realize it has nothing to do with education and everything to do with money.

Linda Silverman, Bellerose Manor

Editor's note: The writer retired from Francis Lewis High School in 2011.