Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Social Promotion For Failing Teachers??


WHEC-TV reports: "New York education officials say about 83-percent of the first would-be teachers required to take a new "bar exam" have passed so far.
  
Any college student graduating after May 1 has to pass the new test, called the edTPA, to be certified as a New York teacher. It's the latest in a series of education reforms.
  
But amid backlash from teacher prep programs and student teachers, state education officials are discussing the possibility of conditional certification for those who fail.  Whether to grant a two-year certificate to give students time to redo the edTPA is on the Board of Regents' agenda Tuesday.
  
The test requires student teachers to submit video of themselves teaching, along with written reflections, proving they can plan, execute and assess a lesson."

SCATS ~~ God forbid that we EXPECT a new teacher to be able to "plan, execute and assess a lesson"!!
   

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, now the State has confirmed what we know about 83% of the graduate so called Teachers.

Given that an unnecessary number of lets generously call them Wannabe Teeachyrz graduate every year, and damn few jobs exist for them in the Teaching "profession" even if GCSD sheds some of the LOOSERS, the pool of prospective replacements is sized about right.

Anonymous said...

The teaching profession is fast entering the " endangered species category" They will soon be in the same category as the Nursing profession , General Practice Doctors and volunteerism , the Catholic priesthood and teaching nuns which are now mostly extinct nationwide as well as our area.
The reasons are many and complex. But in my opinion, the main contributing factor is the fact we now live in different times, lack of interest, commitment , and of course, financial considerations.
The fact that the board is considering giving those teachers who fail initially a second bite of the apple,is an indication that they too see the pool of certified teachers dwindling .
Teaching , like other professions , should receive the same opportunities as others professionals to achieve their goal. Case in point, the NYS Bar Association, places no limits on the number of times a prospective lawyer can retake the Bar exam. In this case , it's not for the lack of those in that profession, Everyone deserves a second chance to succeed in their chosen endeavor. Why should it different for " new " teaching candidates.
In NYS, There are plenty if opportunities to weed out bad certified teachers Those found not qualified, should not be granted tenure and should be dismissed during this period as provided for by law.

SCATS said...

To 2:04PM ~~ I'll consider teachers to be like other "professionals" when I see them behaving (en masse) professionally.

Your example of lawyers taking the Bar Exam is an apples to oranges comparison for me. Lawyers have VISIBLE TRACK RECORDS (cases won or lost) that allow us to CHOOSE to use their services, or seek help elsewhere. Teachers have NO SUCH RECORD! They can fail, over & over, again & again and still be foisted upon the unsuspecting parents/students causing much irreparable damage along the way.

In reality, there should be no "bad, certified teachers" ... because certified should mean "good."

Anonymous said...

I don't agree as they too also have no track record until they pass the Bar
The same applies to teachers until they are certified and have an opportunity to teach, there is no way to judge or evaluate their competence as a teacher. Three years or less should be enough time for them to prove themselves worthy or unworthy of certification which rightly or wrongly infers their competence to be an effective teacher and are capable of the esponsibilities that go with this important position in our society.

SCATS said...

To 7:02PM ~~ Lawyers must pass the Bar Exam BEFORE they can take a case to trial. Not so with uncertified teachers who are given a second chance AND PERMITTED TO TEACH in the interim.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for making my point.

Anonymous said...

Scats. Why do you have such an animus for the teaching " profession"?

SCATS said...

To 6:09AM ~~ But I didn't.

SCATS said...

To 6:26AM ~~ I don't dislike teachers. I dislike unions that allow certain professions to attain an entitlement mentality with the backing of a gang.

Anonymous said...

Naw, you just hate unions,period, But who really cares. I don't and Iam not in any union or as you put it"gang"?

SCATS said...

To 1:04PM ~~ Re: "But who really cares" ...

Apparently YOU CARE! Otherwise you wouldn't keep bringing it up ;)