Skip to comments.Michigan Axes Basic Skills Test For Teachers
Posted on 07/03/2018 5:54:54 AM PDT by Enlightened1
Michigan lawmakers axed a requirement that would make prospective teachers take a basic skills test before earning their certification in Michigan.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation last week to get rid of the law requiring all prospective teachers to take the SAT to become certified in the state of Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Knollenberg, who serves as the state Senate Education Committee chair, said the panel made its decision to make it easier for people to become teachers.
To me, the good teachers theyre inspired and have passion. Why should they be burdened with a test that isnt relevant to the subject matter they teach? Knollenberg said, adding that the previous system was not an accurate way to measure competency in a subject.
National Council on Teacher Quality President Kate Walsh pushed back on the decision Friday, arguing that there needs to be a basic standard for teachers in this country.
You do need to assess if candidates have basic skills. Can they read and write and are they mathematically literate? There should be some entry standard thats objective, Walsh said.
The examination was one of two tests teachers had to take to teach in Michigan. The other test measures competency in the subject matter prospective teachers plan to teach. The second test is still a requirement for those who want to enter the teaching profession in Michigan.
The law would begin to take effect September 25.
Michigan teachers have struggled to hire teachers in STEM fields such as math and science, foreign languages, and special education. The number of teaching certificates issued in the state dropped by nearly half from 1996 to 2016, and the state has resorted to wining and dining prospective teachers to convince them to enter the profession.
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Adventures in babysitting.
>>Michigan Axes Basic Skills Test For Teachers<<
Michigan Teachers: “Yeah, they axed me and I done told them we don’ need no tests caus on account of we be good at what we be do irregardless.”
You can axe but you won’t receive.
Pris (Bladerunner): “then we’re stupid and we’ll die.”
So lets just draw names from the visa lottery and let them teach
It isn’t enough that they dumb down students, now they have to dumb down teachers.
New York state dropped it’s literacy test for teachers because 50% of the Hispanic teachers and 60% of the black teachers couldn’t pass it.
Save the money - let the kids stay home and watch TV - at least ‘no harm’ is done...
Here’s the thing....around Detroit and upstate Michigan....if you had forty vacant teacher positions, then mandated that a guy or gal had to pass that exam...well, you just ended up with positions empty. Most folks have zero interest in moving to Rapid River or Gwinn. Most folks would have zero interest in taking a job in Detroit. So this is the only way to fill the slots.
You will end up with probably a quarter of the teachers being marginal or weak in the profession, but it’s better than leaving it empty.
It would be interesting to see the RESULTS of the current law before proceeding to the next idea... ...
They don’t want teachers; they want indoctrinators. Its all about turning kids into liberals.
> To me, the good teachers theyre inspired and have passion. Why should they be burdened with a test that isnt relevant to the subject matter they teach? <
That reads like satire. But since it’s a real quote, it’s disgusting.
And it’s worth noting that Gov. Snyder and state Sen. Knollenberg are both Republicans. Can’t blame the Democrats for this one.
You are there to indoctrinate and pay dues.
No skills required.
> Most folks have zero interest in moving to Rapid River or Gwinn. Most folks would have zero interest in taking a job in Detroit <
You make a good point. But in my opinion, the solution is not to water down the qualifications. The solution is for the state to offer incentives to get good people to take those positions.
I had a friend who was a certified high school physics teacher. He interviewed for a job at a school way out in the country. He wasn’t too keen on taking the job because it was so far from everything. So the school offered him full-time pay for a half-time teaching schedule. He took the job.
Yeah, they axed me and I done told them we don need no tests caus on account of we be good at what we be do irregardless.
Sounds like FLORIDA many,many moons ago....
Makes sense. Didn’t they just decide that they don’t have any duty to make kids literate in Michigan? So why bother having literate teachers?
As long as there is at least one person in Michigan who can write out government paychecks and welfare checks, why bother with education at all?
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