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Carol Burris: analyzes SUNY's Absurd Proposal to Allow Charters to Certify Their Own Teachers; Diane Ravitch blog

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"In a nutshell, turn up at a charter school door with a bachelors’ degree, and you can become a certified teacher in weeks. The SUNY proposal by the charter committee allows charter schools to hire uncertified teachers and to do their own certifying. Among other problems, this insults the education faculty of SUNY, as well as the New York Board of Regents, which sets high standards for new public school teachers. The charter committee includes no educators; its 15 members were appointed by Governor Cuomo. Prospective charter teachers who hold a Master’s Degree would be required to take only 30 hours of instruction (the equivalent of less than 4 days) including an uncertified teacher whose students got good scores on state tests. Speak out and let SUNY know that you are opposed to the proposed regulations. Let them know every New York child deserves a well-trained, qualified teacher.

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The end of the profession of teachers is here, and so is its impact on schools across the nation.

It is expected that a bright American will spend time and money to become a professional educator (i.e. a teacher-practioner) and then receive small salaries, with no guaranteed they will remain more that 3 years.

After years of underfunding public education and diverting money to charters and vouchers, Arizona is coping with an acute teacher shortage.

In this post, Chester (Checker) Finn Jr. questions the need for teacher tenure. Getting rid of tenure, he says, will save money, as it has in higher education, where money is lavished on administrators' salaries and facilities, but not faculty (except for the Big Names).

Look at Massachusetts to get an idea of the mentality of those leading the discussions which are leading to 'trained mechanics' for classroom teachers. Massachusetts: Commissioner Seeks Power to Remove Teachers UnilaterallyThis letter came by email from a teacher in Massachusetts. Evidently, the Commissioner of Education believes there are some bad, bad teachers in his state, and he wants the power to remove them quickly. Bear in mind that by every current metric, Massachusetts is the highest performing state in the nation. It must have many excellent teachers. Why does Commissioner Mitchell Chester need a whip in his hand. This kind of power play is threatening and demoraling, as well as unprofessional.

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.A new study was just released by two professors at Michigan State University analyzing what they call a new genre: the teacher resignation letter. In a trio of studies, Michigan State University education expert Alyssa Hadley Dunn and colleagues examined the relatively new phenomenon of teachers posting their resignation letters online. Their findings, which come as many teachers are signing next year's contracts, suggest educators at all grade and experience levels are frustrated and disheartened by a nationwide focus on standardized tests, scripted curriculum and punitive teacher-evaluation systems


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Lloyd Lofthouse commented on Carol Burris: SUNY's Absurd Proposal to Allow Charters to Certify Their Own Teachers.

It isn't a stretch to imagine the corporate charters will be hiring trolls, bullies, Trump clones, psychopaths, sociopaths, malignant narcissists, serial killers, child molesters, and foul mouthed Scaramouches -- anyone that's a Trumpist, fascist, racist, child-hating fraud of a slime ball.

Anyone willing to work longer hours for less pay without benefits while being treated and abused like a slave either starts out ignorant, is a fool, or is one of the above in the first paragraph that are drooling to torture children.

The naive ignorant ones that swallowed all the lies thinking they were going to save children from those allegedly horrible, incompetent public school teachers will be the first to leave once they wake up to reality and realize they have been conned because they only listened to the lying Alt-Right media machine.

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NYC public school parent commented on Carol Burris: SUNY's Absurd Proposal to Allow Charters to Certify Their Own Teachers.:

"Belluck takes his marching orders from people far more powerful than parents. He is the Mitch McConnell to Eva Moskowitz' Trump and we all know how that plays out. I hope someday Belluck's willingness to look the other way instead of do real oversight is properly reported and he is called to account for his actions. He has a job to do and he works for the public -- not the charters with the richest and most powerful boards. It's about time he acted like it for once."


"I have previous noted the numerous times the SUNY bent their own procedures specifically to accommodate a request from Eva Moskowitz. They include: allowing Success Academy to change lottery priorities so they didn't have to give preference to at-risk kids anymore, renewing their charters years earlier than they were supposed to without doing oversight, ignoring all the parents of special needs kids who complained about their child's treatment, always granting any request to open new charter schools in very rich neighborhoods even if Success Academy already had charters with empty seats in that district that had very few disadvantaged students! If Moskowitz wants another school for affluent students and a few "worthy" poor ones, SUNY will happily oblige -- no questions asked. Even if her model teacher is caught on video humiliating and punishing one of those few disadvantaged children who got a seat."

"Sure some of those schools were suspending extraordinarily high numbers of African-American and Latino 5 year olds and sure some kids disappeared but SUNY didn't care how many. They heard Eva Moskowitz explain how violent those non-white children were and they took it as gospel.

"That is what SUNY's proposal is all about. Eva Moskowitz wants to expand and she wants to hire teachers who can be trained by the model teacher who was caught on video demonstrating the methods that work so well to get the unwanted children out of their charters."


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You never know where you're going to find a good teacher. Hiring for my little private school I found several certified teachers that were awful actually, whatever their education. When you find a good teacher, one that turns the kids on, you want to hang on to them, whether they 'qualify' or not.

Teaching is an instinct, can't be taught. Most adults who've been educated as far as high school can manage the curriculum at the level of a primary school. Not all of them can find the approach to communicate it. Desperate, I turned myself into a primary math teacher, with the help of a great line of workbooks and my own admittedly well developed imagination. Kids graduated three years ahead in math. It wasn't that hard. I turn out to be an instinctual teacher. I can find the words, I can think up fun projects. It worked. I like math, but I went to art school.

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Ah, Molly. You are exactly right.

Teaching a young human how to LEARN something, how to do something complex, is a gift, a talent.


I did as you did I used what I could find, created materials, and made sure of one thing... that it would be interesting, engaging, and wherever possible fun.

Children are children.

i can find words,. I can think up fun projects. It worked... and I was an artist, although eventually I taught writing and reading.


But, what is CRUCIAL for any classroom, is the support of the principal.

If the school is poorly organized, or if materials are missing, or if staff is not here to support the classroom practitioner, it all falls apart.


There were 8 PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING in the REAL national standards for learning. FOUR were for teachers, and FOUR WERE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION..

1- to hire staff that met the standards and requirements for education etc.

2- to see that the physical plant was safe and clean.

3- To provide materials for instruction and a classroom that was conducive to learning

4-To provide organization that allowed the school to function, including hiring staff that supported the needs of the teacher and children.


The principles for teachers... the things that were found in the classroom-practice of every, single successful teacher who used EFFORT -BASED LEARNING who were cohorts.. including me


the 2 most important things we did, that I know you did were ensuring:

1- CLEAR EXPECTATIONS... from day one, all children new what the task were, what learning was required.

2- REWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENT.... the motivation for doing work was the rewards... not grades, but the intrinsic reward for meeting challenges and doing a great job.

The other 2 were in education and experience.


I bet you were wonderful.

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I had a ball.

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Of course you did. You were born to teach children.


I loved every minute...except when the top-down reformers came after the teachers.

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