Let’s say your New York City charter school has resolved to pay every teacher a base salary of $125,000. You’re about to drown in applicants. How do you sort through them?
If you’re founder/principal Zeke Vanderhoek:
The schoolâ€™s teachers will be selected through a rigorous application process outlined on its Web site, www.tepcharter.org, and run by Mr. Vanderhoek. There will be telephone and in-person interviews, and applicants will have to submit multiple forms of evidence attesting to their studentsâ€™ achievement and their own prowess; only those scoring at the 90th percentile in the verbal section of the GRE, GMAT or similar tests need apply. The process will culminate in three live teaching auditions.
Waitaminit … expertise verified by student achievement?!
Who in the hell does this stuffed suit Vanderhoek think he is, telling me my worth as a teacher is in any way related to what my kids know? If they don’t learn, that’s on them, their parents maybe too, but not me.
I mean, look, man, I’m an artist and you can’t assess art with numbers. Unless they’re the six numbers you’re fixin’ to write on my check.
I mean, it’s almost like he’s trying to turn teaching into a profession.