Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Dumbed down teachers
If this story doesn't tell you what's wrong with government education, I don't know what will...
BOSTON --More than half of black and Hispanic applicants for teaching jobs in Massachusetts have failed a crucial state licensing test.
Since the start of the test nearly a decade ago, 52 percent of Hispanics and 54 percent of blacks failed the writing portion of the test compared to a 23 percent failure rate among white applicants.
Blacks and Hispanics also fall behind white applicants in other test subjects like English, history and math.
Those are basic subjects, not "white subjects", as those failing teachers would have us believe. This shows you how miserably incompetent many teachers are and how the teachers' unions keep them in classrooms "teaching" our kids.
But here's the real issue...
Education officials say the gap is making it harder to bring more diversity to the state's teaching ranks.
Chris Anderson, chairman of the state Board of Education, said he's willing to consider other ways of assessing teachers, as long as standards remain high.
"There's no reason to have any barriers to quality teachers if we don't need them," Anderson told The Boston Sunday Globe.
Sally Diaz, a vice president at Emmanuel College in Boston and a member of the panel, said one test shouldn't make or break a career.
"One of the fallouts which is particularly upsetting in our experience across the colleges is fewer and fewer students of color are even going into teaching because word has gotten out that these tests are very difficult for them," she said.
See? Political correctness trumps everything when it comes to preserving jobs for incompetent teachers, even your childrens' education. The state is thinking of lowering the standards for the test so the dumb teachers can pass it. Preposterously, that's liberals' solution to every problem when the outcome doesn't fit their world-view of diversity and minority representation....don't force the teacher applicants to be competent, simply lower the testing standards so everybody can be a teacher regardless of how lazy, shiftless, or incompetent.
Some deans of education schools are raising questions about whether the lower results among minority applicants shows the tests are culturally biased and whether the quality of education that minority applicants receive is good enough.
Some minority applicants say the tests includes questions that white applicants and those with liberal arts backgrounds can more readily identify with, such as questions about ancient literature or investing in the stock market.
A Cambridge lawyer said he's planning to file a class action lawsuit against the state Department of Education and the testing company on behalf of three minority teachers who failed the test multiple times.
And of course, rather than go get a decent education, it's so much easier to sue somebody because you are too stupid to pass a competency test. After all, you're a minority, the world owes you. Failure can never be your own fault. It's always white society's fault.
Just to be clear, this is not an indictment of minorities...just of the mentality of victimhood that many minorities rely on when things don't turn out as they would like. It's also an indictment of the reflexive tendancy of liberals to dumb down any system that doesn't produce the idiotic diversity goals that aleviate their white guilt and make them feel good about themselves. Instead of demanding that all teachers perform at a high academic level, just make the test so easy that any moron can be a teacher.