Rather than simply congratulate Delaware’s amazing Teacher of the Year, the News Journal Editorial Board wants to tell you, the reader, arrogantly, what you must not miss:
Pay close attention to one of the first comments John Sell made Wednesday after being named the state’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.The Sussex Technical High School English teacher said collaborative meeting time lets him borrow great ideas of other educators. The willingness to learn from colleagues is a quintessential asset of an effective educator. And it is particularly critical in this moment of global academic competitiveness. That’s why Delaware is vesting much in Professional Learning Communities, which require teachers to meet for 90 minutes a week in a joint planning time, with data coaches helping to spot student learning trends. Such PLCs polled high also among educators at last week’s Rodale Foundation’s annual Vision 2015 Education Conference.
I’ve never met Mr. Sell, but selling out his excellent track record and fantastic results, so you can pander to the ed reform acolytes and kiss the ring of Governor Markell and the ideology of RTTT is not only sadly transparent, it is insulting to Mr. Sell.
PLCs didn’t make him the best. He did. And you know it.
Shame on the News Journal Editorial Board for using anecdotes to support state policy (though I must confess, it’s just what you only seem able to do) . Clearly shame is something you clearly are incapable of feeling or understanding.
Maybe this is how it should read/lede.
Mr. Sell, thank you for being a selfless, dedicated educator and technician of the English language. What you teach has profound meaning and impact on your students and we here in Delaware are all very proud of you.
How hard was that?