My two cents: This is a very informative post. This is the problem with government initiatives that are out of touch with reality and don’t include a plan for implementation. Race to the Top sought to “balance the playing field” and gave birth to Common Core. Then NYC took Common Core to the next “level” by scooping up Danielson because they wanted some method to hold teachers accountable. Finally, they sought to “enforce” these changes via teacher ratings. Of course Education is a monkey-in-the-middle game where parents, teachers, students, and anyone with common sense are stuck in the middle, jumping for the ball. I re-blogged this page on my lil’ ol’ blog at thisteacherspeaks.wordpress.org aka @spoiledteacher.