Sunday, September 11, 2005

Indiana announces new teacher evaluation component

Satire Press Release:

Indiana has announced plans to introduce legislation requiring all teachers to report their body mass index (BMI) on their personnel evaluation forms.

As many educators may be aware, many states have begun to require individual teachers to report their students body mass index (BMI) on their grade cards along with other more traditional criteria such as grades and attendance.

A key legislator who proposed the unsuccesful bill spoke off the record, "It is about time we held Indiana teachers to the same standards as students. And...as far as that goes we think that each superintendent should weigh in at each monthly board meeting and make the results part of the public record. In addition to reporting the individual teachers' weight and BMI on their individual personnel evaluation, we intend to require each school to calculate the average teacher BMI and average weight and report it on their school improvement plan. Any school not meeting AYP (adequate yearly progress) on their weight loss goals will be hit with sanctions up to and including, elimination of their snack boxes and pop machines located in the teacher work rooms and lounges."

5 Comments:

At Monday, September 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the heck would cause you write this? As I understand satire, it is supposed to mock something that is real. This seems totally out of left field - like a "knock-knock" joke that my 6 year old would make up. No meaning. No purpose. Just a lame excuse to attack the governor and his staff. Perhaps you should go back on vacation.

 
At Monday, September 12, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...

This is real - or maybe surreal. If you followed the link provided in the post you will have noticed that some states have begun to require schools to report student body mass index (BMI) to parents.

This spring Indiana introduced legislation that would have required individual teachers to report the body mass index (BMI) of individual students to the parents.

While obesity may be a problem, I am not sure this requirement would solve the problem.

Therefore, the satire (admittedly from left field) was intended to take the issue to the next illogical conclusion which is that if it is required of students why not the staff?

 
At Monday, September 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous. This posting is non-sensical. Linking it to a real story does not make it any less so. What does this have to do with the governor? I don't recall his having anything to do with the legislation that you mention. Let me be crass to make a point. If someone in your hometown wrote a satirical piece about a superintendent who molests children and used a pseudoname in the story that sounded like you, would it be appropriate simply because they linked the satirical piece to a real one about some other superintendent? That seems to be your justification here. Think about it. Then ask yourself what kind of example this type of "satire" creates for some student in your local school system. Talk about "surreal."

 
At Monday, September 12, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...

I'll try this again...someone is kind of sensitive about a perceived jab at the governor's office. Although.... the original post never mentioned the governor once.

Since the point of this little satire piece was to call attention to the Body Mass Index reporting requirement, not the governor's office, I have replaced the reference to Indiana's education policy advisor with a reference to a hypothetical legislator. I'll concede, as the poster pointed out, the governor's office never initiated this legislation so I will give credit/blame where it is due - back to a legislator.

Now, we'll wait to hear from a legislative staffer who is offended by the reference to an unnamed legislator. LOL

 
At Friday, September 16, 2005, Anonymous Unnamed Legislative Page said...

My Boss is an unnamed legislator, and I take serious offense at this topic.

Indiana Public Education (IPE) is currently undergoing a clear Acronym Deficit (AD) in its Daily Operating Plans (DOP). The addition of recording both Student and Teacher Body Mass Index (SBMI and TBMI respectively) is a much needed improvement to the lack of acronyms preexisting in IPE.

Respectfully,

Unnamed Legislative Page (ULP)

 

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