The best teachers would become coaches and mentors for rookie educators and veterans who need help with their technique, under a program now being considered for Montgomery County, Md. But in the midst of all the praise the idea is receiving, no one seems to be asking this question: Is it a good idea to pull the best teachers out of the classroom?
School board managers and teachers association leaders seem to think so, telling The Washington Post that the program is "cutting edge" and that it could be "the most important thing that happens to the Montgomery County public schools in the next year or two."
The program would work in this way: Teachers judged as "exemplary" would be trained to evaluate and mentor an estimated 800 to 1,000 new teachers hired in Montgomery County each year, as well as long-time teachers found to be in need of help. They would even have the power to recommend dismissals, though the final power to terminate would stay with the superintendent.