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  •  You need to speak to the administration (4+ / 0-)

    and find out if the teacher is highly qualified.  If the teacher is 'highly qualified' you need to know what the rubric was used to determine the highly qualified status.  

    Sometimes... when the district is in a pinch for a teacher... they will ferret out some unsuspecting teacher to teach something that they are not highly qualified to teach.  The teacher may have a couple of classes on their transcript that allow the school to place the teacher in a situation they are not completely confident in.

    In some districts a teacher may interview for a certain vacancy, let's say 11Th grade math, the teacher is told they have been hired by the DISTRICT, not the school, the teacher is still expecting to teach 11Th grade math.  If the DISTRICT chooses to move them to another area then that is where the teacher works. They show up to work and viola they are teaching AP Science.  This is the teacher's 'oh shit' moment.

    Please present your concerns to the administration and/or the teacher.  If the teacher is a true educator they will tell you they are being placed in this situation.  Then, talk to the administration.  Chances are great that they will do nothing to solve the problem.  Then, your next option may be to get together with other parents and assist the teacher... Not your job, right?  I am not making excuses for the teacher.  They need to get competent ... fast.  Helping them find the information, present the correct information, and the success of your children should be the supreme concern for the teacher and parents.  

    In a nutshell... don't attack work together.

    "We in America do not have government by the majority, we have government by the majority who participate." --Thomas Jefferson

    by winter outhouse on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 02:23:30 PM PDT

    •  We should have teachers take the test (1+ / 0-)
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      Then we should give those results to the parents in the school. Would you be ok with that?

      •  As a retired educator I have no problem (5+ / 0-)

        having my credentials on file for parents' review.  In fact, when I was teaching a copy of all the teachers' credentials were kept in a file in the Principal's Office.  Any parent, grandparent, student, aunt, uncle or interested party could review them.  All they needed was an appointment with the principal.

        I do not have a problem with parents knowing that they are leaving their child in capable hands.  

        The children are a precious resource.  Their education is will determine what happens in the future.  The person responsible for that education should be prepared to show their credentials.

        "We in America do not have government by the majority, we have government by the majority who participate." --Thomas Jefferson

        by winter outhouse on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 05:08:50 PM PDT

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