I came across this rib tickler while reading a dismal report on my state legislature's continuing refusal to stand up to our teacher's union, Education Minnesota. The current issue is whether to permit alternative teacher certification.
Minnesota has one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation.
But here's a quote from the union president, from Politics in Minnesota:
“Why in the world, when we rightfully demand more from students, would we demand less of teachers?” Dooher wrote. “Minnesota is a national leader in teacher excellence. That’s why we’re speaking up against the Teach for America program, and why we believe parents should, too. This program, which has been around for years, puts people in charge of classrooms after only five weeks of training.”
Could he be more plain about protecting his turf? The bills in the legislature are about bringing qualified, experienced professionals into the profession. Reportedly, some include requirements such as having earned a bachelor degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average, or having at least 10 years of relevant experience in their subject matter, completion of a state-certified preparatory program, and passing all skills tests required of teachers before entering the classroom.
But nope, not acceptable to our teacher's union. Gotta get them when they're 23 and straight out of ed school, I guess, or you might end up with some disruptive influences.