Objectivity Isn’t Always the Best Approach
Like fairness, objectivity is a generally positive principle that needn’t be — shouldn’t be — the guiding principle in every circumstance. One circumstance in which a degree of subjectivity is appropriate, applied to a collection of objective criteria is the hiring of teachers, whatever their argument might currently be in Providence:
The union claims that Brady’s hiring practice “eliminates in its entirety impartial and objective decision-making” because it requires the district to offer only an “adequate explanation” for teacher assignments.
So, as we’ve heard before, standardized testing is inappropriate because of all of the intangibles of teaching (i.e., it must be measured subjectively), and the hiring methodology of most of the rest of the economic world is inappropriate because it isn’t sufficiently objective. Is Rhode Island done falling for this stuff, yet?