“Just Back Off And LET US TEACH,” the complete title, presents information to the reader as to the variables that influence educating our children. By pointing out how home-life overlaps with what happens in the classroom a parent or grandparent reading this book should better appreciate what a teacher is up against when she or she has to teach the same thing to a room full of young people.
What is most intriguing about this book is the concept of S.C.O.P.E. an evaluation tool that could work in any profession. S.C.O.P.E. - Sensitivity, Communication, Organization, Professionalism and Enthusiasm, traits we all need, is presented so that educators can evaluate themselves in order to ensure they are doing all they can to promote education.
Mrs. Lewis suggest that in using S.C.O.P.E. good teachers can be come great teachers. Unfortunately, she also points out the two variables that is beyond the control of both parents and teachers- testing and unions. “Alas, student scores are sometimes weighted heavily as part of the “value-added” teacher evaluation protocols in several states. Critics suggest such measures many not be very reliable, especially for the middle of the pack teachers.” (page 15) Most of us understand that Unions put a great deal of energy into preserving the jobs of even the worst of teachers. LET US TEACH spends less time pointing out the problems and more time sharing a solution S.C.O.P.E.
The book is a very easy read and only 114 pages which is why I recommend this book to everyone and in particular teachers.
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