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  •  You have many facts about education wrong! (1+ / 0-)
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    neroden

    Teachers in public schools cannot teach classes that they are not certified in. NCLB cured that thankfully.  And since you mentioned Duke and Wake Forest I now know that you are North Carolina which is probably tied with MS as the worst state for education.  

    You seem to think that anybody can teach and that is just not the case.  I have seen math teachers that have taught at colleges attempt to teach high school math in the classrom next to mine.   And they did not last more than 2 years.  This has happened twice in the past 5 years.  

    Not everyone can handle 30 teenagers and get them to learn.

    •  How insular your cuccoon (1+ / 0-)
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      alizard

      must be to feed your arrogance with so much HFCS. Somehow I doubt your tactics will affect much on the public education front nationwide. That's a shame, because the voucher deal really is a problem.

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 02:38:26 PM PDT

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    •  As for the teachers, (1+ / 0-)
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      alizard

      of course they can. Primary teachers in my state are blanket-certified, all subjects. Secondary teachers get a subject certification, but at our charters the law requires only 50% certification in anything (and there's leeway on that) so community, academic and professional volunteers can offer their knowledge and experience.

      I established the state-funded at-risk intervention and after-school program for 12-14 year olds in my county, ran the program for two years until it was well-established. That meant working closely with schools and administrators, county and state social services, the general and special educational communities nationwide, etc., etc. I know about the common and unique challenges 'the system' faces, just as I am heartbreakingly familiar with the common and unique challenges kids and their families face.

      You insist your insular view is the only view that counts. That your limited experience is the only experience that counts. Neither of these things is true, even though most of us are indeed concerned about the state of education in general and public education in particular in this country. Workable plans of direct and coordinated action to address the problems don't come from one person demanding universal embrace of his own limited views and experience.

      It is clear your mind can't be changed by facts. I just thought to correct your erroneous assertion that the voucher system has anything to do with charter schools, or that charter schools are a threat to public education. They may be in your city. That isn't the case everywhere in the country.

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 03:05:50 PM PDT

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