Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Saturday, March 28, 2015 Bookmark our site!
Local PennsylvaniaNationalInternationalNews Extras  
Published: November 5, 2012 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

Mars survey useless

Just the other day, the cash-strapped Mars School District spent $2,000 on a survey that, by its own curriculum, is absolutely without value.
In fact, according to the approved curriculum, a “voluntary response survey” is one of the most unreliable and invalid methods for collecting data.
Page 24 of the Statistics text used in the high school reads, “Voluntary responses would be very questionable to generalize to the entire population” because “voluntary response surveys over represent people with strong opinions.” It continues by stating “the way data is gathered may produce hidden bias.”
While clearly ineffective at collecting reliable data, the survey might, unfortunately, be very effective at its primary objective: damaging reputations of Mars teachers. It accomplishes this by advancing a number of misconceptions that bear no resemblance to the reality of an effective school district.
Survey items that identify teacher pay with 188 days of work continue to advance the lie that teachers work from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. only from September until June.
If teachers truly adhered to the contract, the effects on the school district would be devastating. Laboratories, homework, advanced-placement classes, innovative curricula, tutoring and in-depth assessments would disappear.
If the school board is ignorant of the true nature of a teacher’s daily and yearly work, there is no excuse for that negligence.
I am afraid, instead, that this is just another effort to attack teachers, and, most unfortunate of all, it comes from those who should be our partners in education: the superintendent of the school district and the school board.




Peter Black, Pittsburgh
Science teacher
Mars High School
Back
 
Comments
Order Photos!
 
MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR HEADLINES
arrow Ongoing county debt
arrow You can opt out
arrow Keep Clarence Brown
arrow Don’t ditch Act 13
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow Rescuers respond to wreck on Perry Highway
arrow City considering sale of Memorial Park pool
arrow POLICE REPORTS
arrow DA: Use of voter rolls no code violation