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Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

What is our goal? What achievement will bring the greatest esteem and job satisfaction to our teachers? Creating an artificial construct of laws that prevent entry into the profession?

Or, to maximize academic gains, motivation and character of our students so that they can be successful in life?

The long-term studies in those states that now track academic gains student by student and class by class show that certified teachers are only marginally better than uncertified teachers.

From that curve you can draw a simple theoretical conclusion - if school districts can gain unlimited access to the upper half of the uncertified curve, academic gains for the nation will go up as much as 25%.

The best and the brightest of education culture have been at it for years. The result? Academic productivity of our schools is down 15% since 2000.

Allowing school districts to set their own employment policies not only will not end the world as we know it, it is likely and predictable that it will result in better outcomes for our students. And, that in turn will result in greater job satisfaction for teachers.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 08/02/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

I have to agree. There are some great teachers out there that have made it their career. It reads like a hit piece by a union, gasping for survival. NEA always offered up scary scenarios that did not come to fruition. Would love to see it go back in time to the point where government workers were not allowed to unionize. That in itself would allow them to take their union dues home as pay.

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Posted by Norman P, retired Oro Valley on 08/02/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

Sounds like a tempest in a tea cup. With pay so low and teaching being such a tough profession, the only people who will do this will be people who are very motivated to teach and will probably do a great job for that reason.

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Posted by bslap on 08/02/2017 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Desert Angel

Ask yourself what would Jesus do?
Thank you Joel.

Posted by Vera Kwaayesnama Skorupski Skor on 08/02/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

Arizona is loaded with conservative assholes and a conservative asshole governor.

Yet AZ scores even lower than CA.

Not the best argument now is it Mumford?

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Posted by Mumford and Nones on 08/02/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

$72,000,000,000.00 Education Funding in California. How did students results compare to the rest of the nation? 46th.

https://calmatters.org/articles/how-much-has-californias-education-spending-grown-in-last-5-years/

CA Legislature is loaded with liberals and a liberal governor.

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Posted by Mumford P on 08/02/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

All of the Republicans in the state legislature and the congress of the U.S. are doing great with a very limited education which home-schooling could provide. The main objective for Republicans across this country is to take every program and department of state and federal government s and privatize them which allows public money to go to private persons, usually other Republicans that will funnel that money back into electing more Republicans. The planning to monopolize governments started after Richard Nixon resigned in discrace and Republican think-tanks have been meeting since that time to achieve the goals of their platform,ie; small central government, low taxes, privatize every part of the federal government, restrictions on individuals that are granted by the Constitution. All conservative governments across the globe are repressive and some of them are murderous. Hitler was a liberal until he gained complete control and then he became an ultra conservative.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 08/02/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

If this catches on you can forget trying to get companies to relocate to Arizona, no matter what incentives you give them, and you might be encouraging companies that are already here to think about moving to a state that values education for their employees' children and for future employees.

Of course, it will sure make it easier to cut all kinds of programs when the only remaining businesses in Arizona are private prisons, Border Patrol operations and construction of the Trump Wall.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/02/2017 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

David, you have hit the nail on the head!

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/01/2017 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

"The mother of SB 1042 is the conservative desire to devalue, degrade and dismantle public education."

Be still my heart but doesn't this qualify as a conspiracy theory?

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Posted by Bada Bing Bada Book on 08/01/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Meritocracy, System Justification and Mexican American Studies

The controversy that developed over ethnic studies programs, was like so much of the noises about education, NOT about the education of young people. It was a right wing political bludgeon only. Another of the "scare the heck out of 'em, so we can ride in and save y'all from all those evil, 'socialists, commie, revolutionary, Spanish speakers' ", tactics that even Joe Arpaio finally was caught for.

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Posted by Tucson Tommy on 08/01/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

Fuck you ROY Warden!... Funny how CNN and all the supposedly "Liberal" news media conveniently omit how NAFTA fucked over millions of Mexican families since it was passed into law in 1994. Where's all the "outrage" over this injustice and why is it always left out of the immigration debate when gabachos like you bitch about the "problem" of "illegals" which any half wit knows is code for "Mexicans". Oh, and by the way, when it comes to making a choice between going to El Norte "illegally" to find a job to feed your family or staying in MEXICO and starving is the very DEFINITION of a "life or death" decision, ok?

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Posted by THETRUTHHURTS on 07/30/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

"And a few Democrats, sensing his panic, are preparing to throw their hats in the senatorial ring. Stay tuned."

I'm sure Flake is terrified. Wonder when those courageous Democrats will be stepping forward (before or after the election?) embracing the party's forceful enunciation of its "Better Meal" of weak broth, thin gruel and warm lemonade.

Reminds me of Roy Orbison's "Running Scared."

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/29/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

Hey, Dan Sorenson, I hope you noticed that if McCain hadn't cast the tie breaking vote on the "skinny repeal," the ACA would be gone now.

Turns out those moderate Republicans are good for something now and then after all.

But by all means, go ahead and follow Safier down the primrose path of chiseling out every moderate Republican, hoping to replace them with a Democrat in a red state where it is much more likely you'll exchange them for a deeper shade of red.

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Posted by Fun to watch what passes for "strategy" among Pima Dems... on 07/29/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Not sure where "there is no difference" has been living, but the democrats I know pretty much stand for "what Bernie stands for," with a determination to push the party to progressive beliefs that will appeal across the spectrum from older to younger. As for Kirkpatrick, I'm still smarting from her falling into line with Flake and McCain about Oak Creek. Heinz didn't seem to have his heart in it. Bruce Wheeler has served my district well.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/29/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

"And that is exactly why we are $20T in debt. There must be an end to this insanity." ML

There is.

It's called an election.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/29/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

One of the issues in the MAS controversy was the extent to which the curriculum went through a public approval process by democratically elected officials in an open meeting and the extent to which the complete curriculum was and is available for public review.

Whether or not you agree with the pieces of the curriculum highlighted in media reports and in the recent trial, it remains the case that the validity of a lengthy sequence of instruction cannot be properly assessed by pieces of it taken out of context. If MAS taught Marx one week and Adam Smith the next week and asked students to form their own opinions about conflicting interpretations of history and economic structure, that would be quite different from teaching students that Marx (or Smith, for that matter) was "right."

Laws about public approval processes and public accessibility of documents relating to how public institutions function are there for a reason. In public schools funded by tax dollars, the materials used for instruction should be readily available IN THEIR ENTIRETY for the public to review. We distract ourselves with partisan issues and disregard and de-emphasize the bipartisan need for transparency at our own peril: if we don't uniformly defend our right to know what officials of both parties who are elected to "represent" us are doing with the power given them by the electorate, we'll find that at some point, by some officials, that power is being abused.

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Posted by Curricula in public schools should be transparent to the public on 07/29/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Tour Diaries! XIXA Day 13: Italian Thieves! XIXA Tour Van Busted Into, Gear Ripped Off.

Mille Grazie, mi amico!
We will return to Torino.
Thank you for your help and your kindness, Domenico!
We hope to see you again.
Ciao!
WW

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Posted by WW on 07/28/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Meritocracy, System Justification and Mexican American Studies

Let me get this straight, David. You have in past blogs expressed skepticism that desegregation works, and have even tended to excuse American schools lapsing back into "separate but equal" schools as a way of coping with the persistent patterns of econominally and racially segregated housing in our nation. When it comes to discussing TUSD, our largest local majority-minority district, you have time and time again passed up opportunities to help build public awareness of inequitable conditions in the district's schools and you have repeatedly, vigorously opposed students who are being academically ill-served in their local public schoos being allowed to take their per-pupil funding and apply it in private schools that produce better academic results for the students who attend them.

Yet you believe that it helps minority students to learn of past injustices and know that they belong to a class of people that have been oppressed in this country. (Actually, though it is true that this nation has systemically advantaged people of certain heritages, economic classes, religious affiliations, and skin colors at different points in its history, it is fallacious that racial classes as a whole should be regarded as "oppressed" or "oppressors." Laborers of every skin color and nationality have been oppressed in this country, and in certain contexts, members of every racial category have been oppressors. From the dawn of time there have been wars and unjust seizures that have resulted in changed borders and dispossessions. If we really wanted to undo all the injustices, persecutions and dispossessions on this continent, we would have to remove all people of European descent, including descendants of the Spanish who intermarried with Native Americans. Then we might have to start weighing and considering who was right and wrong in inter-tribal wars among pre-conquest Native Americans. By the time we were done there would be no human beings left, just the animals, who, as, Peter Singer points out, have been much abused and exploited by humans.)

Returning now to your argument here, in which you once again play the Democratic Party trick of portraying yourself as a great crusader against racial injustice while conspicuously failing to support any specific administrative actions, allocations of funds, or policy implementations that REMEDY the problems in the here and now, you tell us you think it will help minorities self-esteem to learn that they belong to an oppressed and exploited racial class.

Personally, I think effectively eliminating oppression and discrimination and inequitable conditions in schools wherever and whenever they occur would help minorities -- and all others -- more. But some have a need to divert attention from real actions in office, real policy solutions, real funding allocation decisions, and real contemporary conditions in real local schools.

So they write blog posts like this.

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Posted by What helps the oppressed most is effectively opposing oppression on 07/28/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

And that is exactly why we are $20T in debt. There must be an end to this insanity.

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Posted by Mizzer Lou on 07/28/2017 at 3:53 PM

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