February 22nd, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/22/10

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  1. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    I can't wait to see wich one is the list of the top ten Rock albums of Anderson, I made my list and I post it on the blog early this morning!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  2. Basia Dugan

    It is unreasonable to expect that even the best teachers can bring a failing school district up to par if students are only being assessed in one manner. Should a teacher truly be punished because the students they are teaching get test anxiety, let alone fired?
    no. Teachers must be assessed from more then one facet then just student test scores.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  3. Karoline, Los Angeles

    @ starr formerly known as vincent-You are right and many a study has shown that too. It's not impossible to give a kid without strong parent involvement a great education, but it's sure a lot more difficult.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  4. Devin-Amsterdam-Netherlands

    I love ameican songs soooo much!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  5. Shanny

    We have classrooms with upwards of three children with some sort of designated special need, behavioural issues to deal with, children arriving hungry who then get taken out of class to go for emergency breakfast and/or lunch ... kids who have no one to support their learning at home ...

    There is so much more going on in a situation like that than JUST the job the teachers are doing

    February 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  6. Lorenda Lillard

    Great job Mr. Tuchman. Please keep following this story. Children of the Promise operates by the book and they would not have called the parents to meet their children if they were not certain of the Prime Minister's signature. The US Embassy told them to bring the children to the airport. Please stay with this and keep an eye on those children.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  7. Megan Chambers

    the problem is not on the teachers – smaller classrooms, more at-home support. it's easy to judge from the other side. we should probably get a round table of successful and hailed teachers to way in.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  8. JoAnn Boss

    Why should experienced teachers be fired for reaching the top step in their profession at a school in an impoverished community?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  9. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I think some of the teachers should return back to school for enrichment!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  10. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Brenda. Study the successes...

    February 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  11. lori

    The Vatican has a list!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  12. Craig

    Teachers get tenure because they raise your children! As a teacher I'm doing more parenting than the parents! And I have no children!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  13. Emily

    "Why do teachers get tenure?"

    February 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  14. Karoline, Los Angeles

    @ Paula, Colorado- That's for sure.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  15. Loice Grimes

    Hey,Anderson in the whole situation where do parents responsibility come in,I absolutely disagree with Steve.Its solution is going to be comprehensive efforts from across the board not just tachers.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  16. Nancy in Oregon

    Kelly, most of us can get fired after 6 months of non-performance!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  17. Chantal Valley Cottage, NY

    I think right now the concern from the Haitian Gov point of view is making sure that there is no other next of kin. Example the little girl that was on the ship for a month and her parents thought she passed. Adoptions that were in the process were getting speed up until the missionary group took things into their own hands... It touched a soft spot for the Haitian people, being taken advantage of when down.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  18. starr formerly known as vincent

    Really appreciate the wisdom and knowledge of Steve Perry.

    However, the issue being discussed, sounds like it may have complications.

    I do agree that teachers who do not perform need to find a new career. However, many of them buy supplies for school from their own money...and more.

    Parents are KEY in the education of your children.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "I hope that Gary will keep reporting on that story."

    One thing I really love about Gary is that he can always be counted on to follow up his reports.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am thinking teachers have to go and Administer have to go, It is very failing schools, Kids have to back school, I can agree both panels comment. Never happen lost jobs at school.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  21. Chris

    District has paid over 300,000 for current administrators and now paying another 300,000 for evaluations that were suppose to be done by administrators. Where is this money coming from – tax payers!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  22. Brenda

    Yes look at the 50% who are graduating. Why are those students successful?
    The Principal needs to evaluate exactly what the problems are? It can be done. More focus during the day in the classes can acheive success.
    Who's going to replace all of these teachers anyway? We will have shortages just wait a while...support the entire program.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  23. Emily

    @ Gloria,

    "Take the time to teach the students!"


    February 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  24. David, Indiana

    The senator from Minnesota is probably right, this seems like an overreaction to what happened with the Idaho missionaries. Maybe the reaction what they were doing was over the top in some ways too, though they did seem to be playing kind of fast and loose with the rules

    Jane Aronson is right on both pts–state dept and Haitian govt need to work more closely, and parents being brought together with children whom they are adopting needs to be regularized.

    Good evening Brianna Keilar.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  25. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I just don't see how it's fair or even good policy to blame one group of teachers for what is obviously a whole district issue.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  26. Craig

    Someone fire Steve Perry! Ask him about how he gets to pick and choose his students, public schools don't get that choice!!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  27. Jacky

    Haiti wasn't wired before the earthquake and now it's worse.
    Sustainablitlity is a word I have yet to hear during these reports of the Haitian earthquakes or in regards to Haiti..period. NGO"s should focus on sustainability.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  28. Molly

    I heard that part of the extra time the teachers will be putting in include eating lunch with students once a week. How many other jobs require individuals to give up their lunch break? For many teachers, this is the only time they have away from students. When are teachers supposed to use the bathroom or take medication?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  29. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Why do teachers get tenure? CEOs can get fired after 6 months of nonperformance...

    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  30. anita

    Mr Bennett, It seems very inappropriate to gloss over the cpac straw poll that favored Ron Paul by saying Mitt Romney had the strong showing. If the republicans wish to stand a chance, they will definitely need Ron Paul as their candidate. It is Ron Paul that is the strongest candidate by far and by far the most qualified to lead this republic. Perhaps you would not show your ignorance by properly acknowledging Ron Paul's strong showing in that poll. Best Regards

    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  31. Vivian - Montreal

    The 10 claimed to be missionaries sent by some church who were going to raise the kids in their new orphange in the Domeican Republic-the one that does not exist! Tthey are the stuff stuck on the bottom of our shoes not missionaries

    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  32. Devin-Amsterdam-Netherlands

    The kids have it easy! they are to lazy to do a simple task like school even if they have bad teachers! =( i went to a ghetto school in amerika and i got As. ( i was there for a month)

    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  33. Shanny

    The teachers in our school bust their butts non stop but do you think we can get any parents to volunteer their time or attend events and help with literacy at home?

    Not very many. Why should our teachers put themselves on the line when not many others are?

    Until they say "no" then no one else will feel pressured to take up the slack and start helping out!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Nancy

    The children in private schools have involved parents which isn't the case in high poverty schools.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  35. Melissa

    So glad to hear that Najibullah Zazi wont be returning to my neighborhood anytime soon!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  36. Rose

    "Accountability" is the key word. The teachers should realize that their students are not performing and should seek guidance, additional resources, in short they need to do what they need to do to get these children educated. FYI, I'm a teacher.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Take the time to teach the students!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Chris

    High school kids said they don't want to sit with teachers at lunch – they want some free time!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Vince

    @ Heather-
    I am also quite concern about the rainy season as well in terms of shelter for all the people who have made themselves make shift homes from materials which cannot withstand any strong weather; since the hurricane season is only 3 months way.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  40. Paolo

    As someone who wants to enter the teaching field, I have to say that the key to reduce the number of Fs is to create a motivating environment for the children. Teachers do need to be held accountable but unlike other industries, the field of education emphasises a shared responsibility between the teachers, students and parents.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  41. Chris

    Termination letters spelled school -scholl – who needs to learn how to read and write?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  42. Karoline, Los Angeles

    What were the kids' test scores in middle school and elementary school? Shouldn't the district start there too?

    February 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  43. lori

    There are plenty of ill-qualified teachers in private school as well.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  44. Isabel, Brasil

    @Kim – Ohio

    I agree with you! It is difficult to generalize that all teachers be less than expected

    February 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  45. Paula, Colorado

    The kids deserve the best in education, but it seems the teachers should be evaluated individually rather than letting go of as a group.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  46. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    I can't imagine how hard it must be for kids who don't have stable home lives. I'm not sure I would have made it through school without parents supporting me and believing in me.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Don't forget Anderson is on Charlie Rose tonight talking about Haiti.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Perfect dog!!!! I can join his Facebook after show. 🙂
    I agree!!! I want dog to adopt to feed her/him!!!!!!! 🙂 Giant George is so cute dog! 🙂

    February 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  49. Chris

    We have had 26 different administrators in the last 6 years – we need stability!

    February 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  50. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I didn't hear either side blaming poverty.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
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