August 20, 2007

Everything but ...

... not studying/knowing enough. That's the basis of this Boston Globe article that focuses on why more black and Latino teacher applicants fail the state teacher test at rates more than twice that of whites.

The problem is so persistent that a special state task force of teachers, state education officials and hiring directors has been set up to find out why minorities don't do better on the tests.

Oh brother. And what will this task force look for? For some reason I had a feeling that historical personal study habits and overall knowledge base (like GPA, SAT scores) would not be among things considered. I was right:

Some deans of education schools are raising questions about whether the lower results among minority applicants shows the tests are culturally biased and whether the quality of education that minority applicants receive is good enough.

Which is pretty much exactly what I'd expect deans of education schools to focus on. But they'd better be careful on that last point -- someone may take that as a "racist" statement against Historically Black Colleges.

Some minority applicants say the tests includes questions that white applicants and those with liberal arts backgrounds can more readily identify with, such as questions about ancient literature or investing in the stock market.

I see. So if a white person stated that "blacks generally aren't interested in the stock market," that wouldn't be regarded as a racist comment by these black teaching applicants, or by those education college deans, right?

A Cambridge lawyer said he's planning to file a class action lawsuit against the state Department of Education and the testing company on behalf of three minority teachers who failed the test multiple times.

But of COURSE! It's sure a lot easier to file a lawsuit than study up for that exam, right?

Posted by Felix at August 20, 2007 09:38 PM | TrackBack

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I think I'd be too embarrassed about failing multiple times to want my name listed in a lawsuit. What do non-minorities do when they fail?

Posted by: Anna Venger at August 21, 2007 10:27 AM

It's hilarious that state education officials have to set up a task force to find out why minorities aren't doing well on the tests. It's clearly because they aren't getting a proper education. No doubt they will screw around until they find a way to hire as teachers some of those who failed -- and thereby ensure that the next generation of students will have trouble passing the test.

Will we ever again have the good sense to just say: Go away dummy! You aren't going to be a teacher. Find something else to do.

Posted by: Carson Sasser at August 22, 2007 12:00 PM

Some of the details in this article are unbelievable. A 46-year old who was working as a teacher for 8 years on a waiver because he admits to failing the test at least 8 times? And then he whines that his salary was cut because he was demoted. Pathetic.

And makes me glad I don't have children in public schools in Taxachusetts.

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