Slowly but surely, a growing number of states are eyeing policies to select academically stronger individuals for their teaching programs as one avenue to improve the quality of new teachers.
Academically stronger individuals is the politically correct way of saying, “Teachers who can both read and write.” Their counterparts are the Differently Academically Abled who dominate the Chicago school system.
Underneath the attention such plans are attracting, though, run deep-seated fears about their potential consequences–particularly whether they will result in a K-12 workforce with fewer black and Latino teachers.
“When you’re working with instruments like SAT, ACT, GPA, which all have significant limitations, you have a responsibility to think about what the unintended consequences are,” said Mary Brabeck, the dean of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Mary, quite contrary, is talking about the consequences for teachers, not for students, because who really cares about them?
Proponents of the idea of raising teacher-preparation entry standards point to the practices of countries such as Finland, Singapore, and South Korea, which recruit superior academic candidates.
And all three countries are as multicultural as Seattle. No one is ever going to accuse a South Korean test of being racist.
The potential impact on candidates of color is more stark. Scores on the ACT from 2012 show that the mean score of African-American and Hispanic teachers, at 19 and 17, respectively, falls below the national mean score of 21, the score set as a goal in some proposals.
Basic-skills tests, such as those in the Educational Testing Services’ Praxis I series, also pose more challenges for some groups. According to ETS data collected from 2005 to 2009, black candidates scored about a standard deviation lower on such tests and Hispanic candidates by between a third and a half of a standard deviation lower.
Sorry South Korea, you win this one. Our teachers will go on enriching our diversity with their stupidity. Because having qualified teachers would have a disproportionate impact on unqualified teachers.
“Ratcheting up the bar will reduce the supply of minority teachers because of the general achievement gap that still leaves minorities with lower academic achievement–which is the problem we are trying to solve.”
So we can’t improve minority test scores without better teachers but we can’t get better teachers without higher standards and we can’t get better teachers because our school system is broken and we can’t fix our school system because we can’t get better teachers because that would be racist.
If you think men hate women, then you are so confused you don’t know whether to scratch your watch or wind your behind.
And where would this magical money come from? Taking it by force from people who work is not the answer.
I swear progressives need to take an economics class.
Liberal family values: Having hissy fits when you find out a family member votes Republican
Not any more so than a conservative getting mad when a family member votes Democrat? Anyway it isn’t always true in either case; my family has very liberal social values but several family members vote Republican for economic reasons and it’s hardly an issue.
I should have saved the hundreds of posts I came across during election season about parents and siblings voting how liberals don’t want, and how said liberal wants to disown them.
Also, if your family members happened to vote Republican for social issues, would it then be an issue?
Absolutely. As long as they are not Republican, Conservative or Libertarian in any way, shape or form.
Funny, I’m a mixed race Conservative with white, black, latin, native american and asian in my family. I have friends from all over the world and from every race. Also, I have a gay cousin whom I love and will defend to the death.
Guess that liberal narrative doesn’t really fit reality, huh?
Go through a freaking firearms course before you try and be an authority on the subject and limit freedom for all. I’ll put you through our beginner’s class for free.
In an odd display of ignorance during a Denver Post forum on gun control, CO Rep. Diana DeGette (D) didn’t seem to understand the obvious basics of how firearms work, all the while being a lead sponsor on a federal ban of high-capacity magazines. As you can see in the video above, the Congresswomen seems to think magazines and ammunition are somehow one and the same and that after their initial use will no longer exist.
“I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.”
Colorado GOP responded to Rep. DeGette statement. “It’s extremely alarming that Rep. DeGette is running federal legislation to ban magazine clips, when she doesn’t even know what a magazine clip is,” said spokesman Owen Loftus. “Rep. DeGette’s comments show that Democrats are more concerned with appeasing their radical base, than standing up for responsible, law abiding citizens.”
DeGette’s spokeswomen released a statement claiming the Congresswomen simply misspoke and that she is aware of how a magazine works.
“The time has come, America, to step up and ban these weapons. The other very important part of this bill is to ban large capacity ammunition feeding devices, those that hold more than 10 rounds. We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines. Limiting magazine capacity is critical because it is when a criminal, a drug dealer, a deranged individual has to pause to change magazines and reload that the police or brave bystanders have the opportunity to take that individual down.”
DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST’S SHOCKING CLAIM: WOMEN DON’T NEED GUNS FOR SELF-DEFENSE, JUST TELL MEN ‘NOT TO RAPE WOMEN’
That’s what laws are for. They tell us to not kill, rape, steal etc… How’s that working out for you?
“Police officers don’t carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers. They carry a gun to be able to do their job in a safe and effective manner and face any oppositions we may come upon.”
Sooo… they carry a gun to defend themselves from threats? That’s called being defensive you idiot.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - Showing her mastery of the Bill of Rights… too bad the right to bear arms is the SECOND amendment, not the first.
ALLEGED LA COP KILLER ACTUALLY HAS SUPPORTERS WHO THINK HE’S AN ‘AMERICAN HERO’ AND THE ‘DARK KNIGHT’
Idiots on Twitter:
Chris Dorner is an American hero
— DAE MONTANA(@LE_DAESO)February 8, 2013
Chris Dorner is my hero. If you don’t know who that is, do your research.
— pretty nigga rich ✌ (@therealdutchh)February 8, 2013
Chris Dorner is my hero! Finally someone is trying to change the corrupt LAPD.#Dorner
— Manny Hurtado (@MannyHurtadoLA)February 8, 2013
— Marsellus Wallace (@Marsellus666)February 8, 2013
Chris Dorner already being called a folk hero for exposing the pigs. Sad that the only way he was noticed was by his murdering innocent ppl.
— Koreatown LA (@KoreatownLA) February 7, 2013
This man is NOT a hero. Anybody who thinks he is should have their head examined.
The Family Research Council shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to charges that include assault with intent to kill and committing an act of terrorism.
Shockingly enough, Corkins told FBI agents that he chose FRC as a target based on the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate map.”
In case you were unaware, the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated FRC a “hate group” because of the conservative organization’s position on gay marriage.
Jesse Jackson - AKA the dumbest thing ever to come out of a person’s mouth.
In your haste to demonize guns and their accessories, it seems you yourself got caught up in the political correct BS that are gun laws.
Chris Matthews says “I’m so glad we had that storm” (hurricane sandy)
Well damn Chris, I wonder if the people who died or lost everything feel the same. This is just proving how much of a hack you are.
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