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Puerto Rico Senate proposes psychological evaluations for teacher candidates
El Nuevo Día (Spanish-language article) ^ | October 28, 2010 | Alba Y. Muñiz Gracia

Posted on 10/28/2010 10:13:11 AM PDT by rrstar96

(English-language translation)

A psychological or psychiatric evaluation may be added to the requirements teachers have to meet in order to earn the certification that allows them to teach in the island.

This is what Senate Bill 1849 under the co-sponsorship of Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz and Senate Education & Family Affairs Committee Chair Kimmey Raschke seeks.

According to the exposition of motives of the bill, which was filed on October 15, the goal of the initiative is to "improve the quality of education in Puerto Rico" and to detect "any type of emotional instability among teachers who work in classrooms daily."

"The earlier any symptom of emotional instability is detected in a teacher, the greater the possibilities of providing the necessary assistance and restoring him through appropriate treatment by behavioral-health professionals," the three-page legislative measure reads.

If the Legislature approves the bill and Governor Luis Fortuño signs it, people who apply for certification to teach in Puerto Rico will have to produce a medical certification signed by a psychologist or psychiatrist indicating that the applicant "is emotionally fit to work as a teacher."

The bill has already been presented in a first reading in the Senate, which is the first step in the legislative process once a bill is filed. It has not yet gone before public hearings.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: education; psychiatry; psychology; puertorico; puertoricosenate; teachers

1 posted on 10/28/2010 10:13:13 AM PDT by rrstar96
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To: cll

ping


2 posted on 10/28/2010 10:13:58 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: rrstar96

It is, after all, a classic catch-22: “You must be crazy to want to become a teacher, therefore we must evaluate all teacher applicants to verify that the good ones are not crazy......


3 posted on 10/28/2010 10:17:19 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: rrstar96

Marxist “progress” is moving right along!


4 posted on 10/28/2010 10:18:12 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: rrstar96

Vote Union issues 100% - Pass


5 posted on 10/28/2010 10:18:25 AM PDT by poobear ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: rrstar96; AuH2ORepublican; livius; adorno; wtc911; Willie Green; CGVet58; Clemenza; Narcoleptic; ...
Puerto Rico Ping! Please Freepmail me if you want on or off the list.


6 posted on 10/28/2010 10:19:30 AM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: rrstar96
Just test them for the newly discovered liberal (I call it atheist) gene.
7 posted on 10/28/2010 10:25:48 AM PDT by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: rrstar96
Examine the heads of would-be Puerto Rican teachers? I think ANYBODY who doesn't want to unload Puerto Rico on passing gypsies, Cuba, Chavez, or whoever will take it should have his head examined. Like Haiti, it's pretty much a wall-to-wall ghetto populated by people too sorry to do anything about it.
8 posted on 10/28/2010 10:33:29 AM PDT by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: July4

Your post is a bit confusing. Are you saying that Puerto Rico, like Haiti, is pretty much a wall-to-wall ghetto populated by people to sorry to do anything about it?

I will grant you that the Island has more than its fair share of economic problems. I will also grant you that generally speaking the population is complacent and reluctant to take control of their problems. To equate it to Haiti, however, is preposterous. Wall to wall ghettos? Hardly. As a Puerto Rican (who still has family living on the island), I take great offense to your characterization of the island.


9 posted on 10/28/2010 10:49:55 AM PDT by Babalu ("Tracer rounds work both ways ...")
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To: Babalu

You’ve been here six years and you’re still surprised when racism rears its head and barks?


10 posted on 10/28/2010 10:56:12 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: wtc911

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but it still pi$$es me off when I see it.


11 posted on 10/28/2010 11:03:15 AM PDT by Babalu ("Tracer rounds work both ways ...")
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To: rrstar96

Everybody I know is a little bit crazy but you and me and sometimes I wonder about both of us. I would much rather that they give them educational tests covering grammar, punctuation, spelling, writing skills, math, science, American history, geography, etc.


12 posted on 10/28/2010 12:01:17 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Babalu; July4

Its a beautiful island. Nice folks. Nice place to live.


13 posted on 10/28/2010 12:13:13 PM PDT by marron
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