Citing the fact that an outsized percentage of Black and Hispanic candidates were failing a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers, members of the New York State Board of Regents plan to adopt a task force's recommendation to eliminate the literacy exam, known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test, given to prospective teachers.
Wow...just wow! In the name of "social justice" we are going to certify illiterate people as teachers to teach our children how to read and write. Has a more insane idea ever emerged in education?
Logic, evidently a commodity today in the education sphere, mandates that if people applying to become teachers cannot read or write proficiently enough to pass a test then they are not equipped to become teachers. This doesn't preclude them from becoming teachers, eventually, it simply presents the truth that in order for them to achieve their certification they must satisfy some requirements.
Using the NY State Board of Regents' philosophy, we should get rid of the physical testing requirements for police officers and firefighters because quadruple-amputees are not passing the test. The notion, in both cases, is insanity on steroids.
We do not elevate our children's educational abilities by putting inferior teachers into the classrooms simply to satisfy some idiotic social justice mandate. We elevate them by placing qualified and dedicated teachers into the classroom and removing many of the theoretical data mandates that now suck the time out of the day that should be reserved for instruction. Then we insist that parents be engaged in their child's education to a sufficient level.
As they say, "if you can read this thank a teacher." Evidently this adage is "not so much" in New York State.