Imagine, if you will, that my university recruited and hired a superstar professor and paid her $150,000 a year. (This would make her among the highest paid of all faculty here, I am sure.) Imagine that this professor then issued failing grades to 80% of her students, failed to publish 80% of her books and papers, and failed to do 80% of all service assignments and advising assigned to her. Do you think that a professor with this kind of a record would be rewarded with even more university resources such as a $25 million new lab or a $25 million donation to a research group that she led?
Now imagine that the sums I’ve given you above have been multiplied by ten. Are you still with me? Do you think that Professor Jerky McJerksalot would still have a job here? Because the president of my university just announced in an e-mail today that he’s going to go ahead with plans to build a $250 million new stadium for our $1.5 million football coach who has won exactly one game this season. That’s right: a guy with a 1 and 4 record isn’t out on his a$$–he’s even being rewarded for this kind of performance! (And guess what? Baa Ram U. is still paying out to other coaches they’ve fired in the past several years. Sing it loud and sing it proud: being a football coach is awesome!!!)
Look, over there! It’s a schoolteacher, and 80% of her students failed to make adequate yearly progress! Let’s get her! She’s what’s wrong with education today.