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What If We Treated Doctors The Way We Treat Teachers?

In a revealing thought experiment over at the Huffington Post, education professor Shaun Johnson takes some common education reform proposals and translates them into the medical profession. His conclusion:

What if we indeed held doctors and other professionals to the same bloat and condescension that we currently hold teachers? I can predict some of the responses that physicians might make: “We can’t control what our patients do or eat outside of our offices to maintain minimum levels of health. Also, these variables — BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure — are limited and don’t adequately measure a healthy person. And one other thing, you can’t expect us to be evaluated based on all patients equally, regardless of family history, poverty, and other complications.” As an educator, my sentiments exactly!


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