Spending time studying how to teach and how children learn has been replaced with fast-track programs that breed future workers. These people know little about children, but they follow the script. They will keep children focused on their computer lessons, and collect data on their progress.
It’s like getting on a plane and learning the pilot had only five weeks of training. The real pilot has been removed or quit because they required an adequate salary.
- In Georgia and Idaho, hiring can take place while you’re earning a degree.
- In Kentucky, like many other states, you can have a degree in anything and easily get certified to teach.
- In Louisiana, with a little training, you can teach with only a high school diploma.
- In Mississippi, if you can find a teaching job first, you can get into the alternative teaching program to learn how to teach.
- Missouri likes the American Board for Certification of Teaching Excellence (ABCTE) if you can afford to buy online credentials.
- There’s more.
Have a nice flight!
Recently, T.M. Landry College Prep, a private school in Louisiana duped parents and the community into believing the school did a great job despite hiring teachers with no credentials. The school had few resources. Students gathered in a warehouse. They appeared to be doing so well, Ivy League schools admitted them to their schools with glowing recommendations.
Prominent people hailed the school as a success. It turned out to be a lie. Here is the complete report “Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.” by Erica L. Green and Katie Benner.
The school focused on making a profit. They made teaching look simple like anyone can do it. The trouble is this is false. Qualifications matter!
What were the credentials of those who ran the school? Michael Landry is a teacher and former salesman. His wife is a nurse. It’s unclear where they received their education.
T.M. Landry didn’t take public funds. It was a private school with a tuition fee of $725 a year.
What did Louisiana School Superintendent and Teach for America’s John White say about the T.M. Landry Prep School revelations? White and his supporters love private schools. Here are headlines where he says “It’s What Matters for the Kids.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is in the video in the same article with President Trump praising choice schools while demeaning “failed public schools.” They will not talk about the failure of choice and charters.
What about the politicians and journalists who praised the miraculous success of the school? How did they fail to do their homework? How many other “miraculous” private schools and charters run by individuals with no credentials have been highlighted in the news, but are honestly failing behind the scenes?
If it is a simple miracle it most likely is a lie.
This message that it isn’t necessary to learn to teach children, or study education, has been used so successful, that America now runs the risk of losing its teaching profession. Phi Delta Kappan recently reported that for the first time in sixty years parents respect teachers, but they don’t want their children to enter teaching as a career. Parents don’t want their grown children treated so shabbily.
Meanwhile, those who have no background in education like Teach for America wind up in positions of great authority overseeing public schools or running their own schools.
This lack of respect for a true teaching profession which has been promoted in the media and by politicians, has seriously hurt the future of public education, for students and America.
The idea that we will get to our destination on a plane with an unqualified pilot is a lie. We finally saw it firsthand with T.M. Landry. The plane crashed!
Qualifications matter. Credentials are a moral imperative.