Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Students teaching students:
Getting around the No Child Left Behind education law


It's legal, and it's running down the quality of our schools:
When Maribel Heredia's son told her that his first-grade teacher was ``going to college'' and that there would be a substitute in the classroom two days a week, she started asking questions.

Only then did she learn that the teacher the Hayward Unified School District labeled ``highly qualified'' was still a student herself.

The loophole is there. A good education is not.

All students must be taught by "skilled teachers" in subjects such as English and math. The classification of "highly qualified" is legal, so why not push the limits on leaving our kids' education behind?
``I didn't know that they let the teachers right from college, let them take a class all by themselves,'' Heredia said. ``So the fact that she was considered highly qualified, that was a shocker to me.''
Me too.

A group of parents and education advocates are suing the U.S. Department of Education over its interpretation of what makes a highly qualified teacher. How about what makes a minimally qualified Department of Education?

Go for it, guys. Because an inferior education means an uneducated electorate, which means generations of easy targets of sleazy sell-jobs on war, "security", torture, eavesdropping, you name it. And hey, why not make lawsuits illegal so we can all get left behind that way too?

The Anti-Education President, with his dimwitted demeanor, is doing everything he can to diminish the quality of this country. Idiocy loves company, I guess.

8 Comments:

At 11:26 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Sue them and win.

Please?

 
At 11:37 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

Bush defines " I'm with stoopid", doesn't he? My nine year old could seriously kick Prezzie's ass on any issue, including how to spell his own name.

 
At 11:42 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I don't doubt it. Any of your kids could. They've learned from the best.

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

Aw, have we moved into the lovey dovey part of our relationship, Laffy? I call you Goddess, you call me smart...
You're right, any of my kids could. My six year old is more articulate, even with her (adorable) lisp. So is my four year old, who's deaf, barely speaks a word, and uses sign language. And at least I know my oldest reads at a fifth grade level...unlike Georgie.
And I am not being a fawning mom.

 
At 12:21 AM, Anonymous binzbok said...

Hey, I don't know what all the fuss is about kids not getting a good education. Just read any teenager's My Space page and youl cee their dewing fiine.

 
At 6:56 AM, Blogger ohdave said...

The term "highly qualified" is really just a bit of PR language, just like the name of the law that created the phrase.

The HQ definition merely means that a teacher is certified...many states are using alternative licensure to meet gaps in various fields, and that means someone with a bachelor's degree can get a license that's good for 1-2 years while they take education courses to get their permanent certificate.

HQ doesn't mean you have experience: first year teachers can be HQ. It just means they are certified in their field. And the article is right, states who grant "alternative licensure" albeit temporary aren't meeting the intent of the law.

But the law is bullshit. Let's not get too angry at the states for trying to get around it. And before we criticize the Haywood district let's remember one thing: they're using this person becasue they can't find a qualified teacher who will take the job. It's not Haywood's fault there's a shortage of people willing to teach in urban schools. They're doing what they can to fill their vacancies.

It should be obvious to everyone that the 100% HQ goal is, like everything else in NCLB, designed to label urban districts as "failures" so they can be broken up and corporatized by people like White Hat management.

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Points well taken, OhDave, as usual.

It got my back up because when I see some of the incompetents teaching at the school where I work, I wonder what got them hired.

 
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