Unfortunately, cognitive dissonance appears to color the conversation of education, as well. Again, most people have responded positively to Charles Glover’s selection, including Alliance-AFT president, Rene Honea. Yet there are those who’ve decided that anyone with a “reform-minded” stamp is somehow trying to subvert the pure soul of traditional education. Criticisms should fade under the spotlight of Glover’s record. He was the founding Executive Director of Dallas’s exponentially growing Teach for America affiliate.
In the report to the DISD Board of Trustees, principals with TFA teachers gave a resounding thumbs-up to the quality of the program:
• 95% were satisfied with corps member performance
• 100% reported corps members were as or better prepared than other beginning
teacher at their schools
• 95% reported corps members were more effective than teachers with more
experience at their school
Having worked alongside Glover and gotten to see him in action over the past couple of years, I can say he fits the bill. The negative talk so far has amounted to nothing more than a derivative of cognitive dissonance – some who don’t like where Glover came from refusing to acknowledge he’s a great choice for where the district is going.