Ken Derstine: School Matters

School Matters: Turning ‘Collaboration’ into a Bad Word

By Ken Derstine, Posted April 12, 2015 The disastrous budget that Governor Cuomo has achieved in New York deepens the attack on teachers and public education. Among its many regressive measures, the budget includes evaluating teachers based on standardized test scores. This is despite the American Statistical Association estimating that teachers affect test scores by a factor of 1% to 14% , and that evaluating teachers by scores may actually reduce quality. The development of a national teacher evaluation system based on standardized tests has been the ten-year goal of The Gates Foundation and The Broad Foundation. Gates wants to bring the data crunching of computer technology to create an automated system for ranking teachers and schools in order to create a two-tier system of education basically based on class differences. Broad wants to bring his business acumen to education, and like a businessman engaged in a hostile takeover, reorganize […]

President's Message for AAPHSG Welcome New Leaders

Welcome Future Leaders!

As a new class of future leaders settles into the swing of things at Girls High, I’m reminded of the mission and goals of the Alumnae Association of the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Though they may not yet fully grasp its depth and scope, these women, upon graduation in five years, will inherit the legacy we’re creating now by example. Again, I’d like to express my appreciation and respect for the enduring commitment of our leadership and active members. At a vibrant and productive Leadership Retreat last month, we were reminded that challenges are as much a part of our journey as they are part of the curriculum for this incoming class, so we’re neither surprised nor deterred. With fresh perspective and renewed focus we continue promoting, protecting and funding the priorities of GHS. The inaugural GHS Picnic was a success! You’ll find photos from the day on our […]