Well, some of this certainly a good thing but...the questions of how (and notably, who) these teachers get evaluated is a significant one. Rhee, having no background in education is known for thinking that some of these quick fixes like TFA can work--they don't. It would seem that getting un-licensed teachers out is a good thing with all of the good folks coming out of quality teacher education programs that are looking for jobs. There's a lot of political savvy and spin in her comments too.....no question, she knows how to play the game.
Back in 1958, Ted Schwarzrock was an 8-year-old third grader when he became one of the “Torrance kids,” a group of nearly 400 Minneapolis children who completed a series of creativity tasks newly designed by professor E. Paul Torrance. Schwarzrock still vividly remembers the moment when a psychologist handed him a fire truck and asked, “How could you improve this toy to make it better and more fun to play with?” He recalls the psychologist being excited by his answers. In fact, the psychologist’s session notes indicate Schwarzrock rattled off 25 improvements, such as adding a removable ladder and springs to the wheels. That wasn’t the only time he impressed the scholars, who judged Schwarzrock to have “unusual visual perspective” and “an ability to synthesize diverse elements into meaningful products.”
The accepted definition of creativity is production of something original and useful, and that’s what’s reflected in the tests. There is never one right answer. To be creative requires divergent thinking (generating many unique ideas) and then convergent thinking (combining those ideas into the best result).