Posts Tagged ‘teacher certification’

25th August

First Published in The New York Sun, August 25, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

Efforts to reform our public education system received a blow recently when a federal court reopened a challenge to the testing procedure the State of New York requires as part of the certification process for new teachers. In question is whether the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test is job related. A disproportionate number of black and Hispanic teachers and prospective teachers failed this exam. The complaint is that the city discriminated against those removed from the classroom after failing the test. As the court considers the concerns of the city, state and aggrieved former teachers, the interests of schoolchildren are ignored.

I have had some contact with this exam. My son is a teacher, and took the test four years ago. I was shocked when I first saw this exam. Shocked not because I found it difficult and unfair, but rather amazed at just how easy it was. (more…)

15th August

First Published in The New York Sun,  August 15, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

If there’s room for another book on Joel Klein’s summer reading list, Peter Temes’s “Against School Reform (And in Praise of Great Teaching) ought to be it. Mr. Temes has got it half right, and in the world of public K–12 education that’s much better than most.

Mr. Temes rejects the usual solutions for fixing the schools: the demands for more money, the regular restructuring, the gimmicks, and the gurus. Rather he advances a simple premise. The only things that really matter are good teachers. We must find the best teachers, empower them and restructure our society to afford them the respect that they must be given. Beyond that, Mr. Temes views the billion-dollar school reform industry with disdain. (more…)