Are teachers being “scapegoated” or are American taxpayers being fleeced by our education system? Last month we posted a link to an article about reactions from national teachers’ unions to President Obama’s plan to reauthorize the ESEA on our Facebook page.
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Separating the Sheep from the Goats
According to NEA President Van Roekel, “We see too much top-down scapegoating of teachers and not enough collaboration.”
While AFT President Weingarten claims, “Teachers are on the front lines, in the classroom and in the community, working day and night to help children learn. They should be empowered and supported – not scapegoated.”
EIA explains the ritual of sending a goat (who is blameless but pays with its life for the errors of others) out into the wilderness to atone for a perceived wrong, and says you can’t have it both ways.
“You can’t say on the one hand that ‘The key to turning out great students is great teachers,’ while claiming to be blameless when students fail.
Why Do So Many Students Fail?
Are teachers REALLY working day and night to help children learn? What about teachers who rush out of school because they are teaching to the contract, and not one minute more? Or the teachers who go on strike for weeks? (although that’s happening much less often since the bottom dropped out of the economy).
- Why do so many students fail?
- Why are so many children NOT learning to read?
- What is the key to improving outcomes?
- What and/or who determines proficiency?
We stirred up a lot of controversy on the blog trying to answer these questions. We expressed our concerns about teacher training and the fact that most special ed teachers are not trained to teach children to read.
If they have training, it is often superficial, or they are working in K-3. Colleges that turn out special ed teachers do not teach them any particular method, nor do most teachers get training from their school district.
In One Reason Kids Aren’t Learning to Read, research editor Sue Whitney could not find a single state that requires a candidate for a certified education position to have training/certification in one research based reading program. Sue explains that teachers are paying good money for a college education that will not prepare them for the job they will be hired to do. https://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=48
Robin Hansen asks, “Is there any wonder why special education reading scores are so low?” At best, most potential teachers will get just an overview in reading. (see the Best Kept Secret in Special Education at https://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=513
Our concerns are not attacks on teachers, but a critique of teacher education programs and concerns about teacher quality and preparation.
No Offense: But it is Alarming That So Many Children Are Not Learning to Read at https://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=116