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Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

Response to jhuppent@hotmail.com:

"I cannot stand forward, and give praise or blame to any thing which relates to human actions, and human concerns, on a simple view of the object, as it stands stripped of every relation, in all the nakedness and solitude of metaphysical abstraction. CIRCUMSTANCES (which with some gentlemen pass for nothing) give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color, and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind." -- Edmund Burke, from Reflections on the Revolution in France

As Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, who knows the local circumstances in TUSD very well, points out, this new policy on teacher qualifications would not have had good effects if implemented, given the CIRCUMSTANCES in this district, a district she has observed closely for more than a decade, a district which serves close to 50,000 students in Southern Arizona. The CIRCUMSTANCES in a district of TUSD's size and regional impact should by itself rule out the policy's across-the-board application in this state. But even in higher functioning public districts with more active, empowered, and highly educated parent populations -- districts where parents would have an easier time recognizing and taking issue with the grave problems that will develop with teacher incompetence and effects on student learning under this policy -- it is not advisable to entrust these districts with teacher training. They do not have the financial resources available to develop the mentoring programs, professional development time, and advisory faculty that would be needed. You can't just ask teachers already responsible for the academic development of a cohort of students to take teacher education on as another responsibility of their already inadvisably overtasked, gravely underpaid profession. Nor can you ask even affluent parents to raise more supplementary funding when they are already fundraising in support of reasonable class sizes and essential supplies for schools.

Arizona has become a veritable Swiftian Laputa of ignorant, abstract policy theories that show no knowledge whatsoever of conditions on the ground in the institutions where they will be implemented.

As conditions continue to deteriorate, it's a mistake for people with dependent children to assume that valid education must necessarily be delivered through public institutions in all the states in the wealthiest, most "advanced" (?) country in the world. State-level mad-scientist-style regulatory negligence and ignorant tinkering with our education systems has brought us to a place where the schools in some states, including Arizona, are in absolutely atrocious shape. They will only get worse with the downright depraved policies (results-based funding, the destruction of teacher credentialing requirements) which state level leaders continue, with no wisdom and no foresight, to concoct in their "meth lab of democracy" in Phoenix. (Jon Stewart hit the nail on the head in describing the character of their operations in 2010. And they're still at it, with the academic preparation of the next generation as their focused target now.)

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Posted by Understand conditions on the ground before making policy. on 05/29/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

I ask all of you who think this is a great idea to send your children to a school taught by this new pool of teachers, thats all. If we had had this kind of teacher under HT Sanchez, who co-wrote an article suggesting this very thing with the voucher queen, and HIS district, TUSD, had been allowed to train people with a BA or a BS to be teachers, we would have even more of his minions who mindlessly follow his lead than we have now. He paid close attention to training all of the new principals he brought on, and that hasn't necessarily brought bucketloads of good news to the district. Highlighting loyalty over credentials (even his own!) is not a good leadership strategy and slowly but surely kills the institution. Given how long it will take to clear the deadwood of the district out--that is, the folks, starting at the Board level, who are awfully good followers but miserable leaders--that would probably be educational malpractice towards our students and fatal for the district.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 05/29/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

Well, all kidding aside, I disagree on the premise. The only people with appropriate college education likely to give up their private sector jobs for teaching are ones who really care about teaching and will likely do well.
The exception may be some failures who managed to get a college degree but can't make it in the real world and want the salary (meager though it is) and benefits of being a teacher.

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Posted by bslap on 05/29/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

Response to tinkering:

Allowing school districts to train teachers is informed public policy and it is absolutely predictable that it will lead to greater academic gains. The negative coefficient for a masters degree is an absolute indictment of our current teacher education system. When something is damaging results, you should get rid of it - immediately, immediately.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 05/28/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Dear Mr. Heusler: There is no such thing as a "carefully researched argument against planned parenthood." Have you given thought to just standing on a street corner downtown and handing out copies? We need a replacement for Sweeney who passed away some years ago.

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Posted by Reality Check on 05/28/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Best Delicatessen

Feigs was sold and became 5th Street Deli. Then it was sold and became Eli's Deli, where quality and service are a thing of the past. Rincon Market hasn't carried kosher food for over 10 years, since they got caught selling non-kosher meat labelled as kosher. Jason's Deli ha snever carried kosher food.

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Posted by Editor on 05/28/2017 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

College graduates these days are loaded up with loan debt, and they have astronomically inflated tuition fees to look forward to in educating their own children. That is a reality created by the much-vaunted operations of the free market, by treating education as a commodity, and by the relationships between loan peddlers in the financial industry and our government.

Last time I checked the military was a profession that could be entered straight from high school -- or, if you undergo officer training, the military academies are tuition free and provide stipends to enrollees.

Unless your idea is to make teachers' college educations free and to provide government-sponsored cost-of-living stipends to support them while they get their degrees, the "compare & contrast" story provided does not apply.

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Posted by More ignorant tinkering with the AZ education system. on 05/28/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

Half the country thinks they are trying to fix it. But first can we get an agreement that it is broken?

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Posted by Public Ed Is So Broken on 05/28/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

Where do the locally-sourced dogs and cats come from? Local puppy mills? PACC? Pet stores?

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Posted by G. DiNardo on 05/28/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

So you are saying that now, teachers are only in it for the money? They used to do it because they were dedicated to the students and the process. Could the teachers unions blinded them from the facts?

Thank God on this Memorial Day weekend that our military serves others based on their own sacrifice, rather than pay alone.

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Posted by Happy Memorial Day on 05/28/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Nearly Mythical

Hmm...I am new to the weekly (and Chow) but tend to agree with HumanBean, although his initial email was a tad brusque. I saw that this was a "Chow Feature" so I did not expect a review. But after some browsing, I see that they do not have a "review" category. Perhaps they should.

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Posted by RH on 05/28/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

Did you ever consider the possibility, Huppenthal, that teaching has trouble attracting applicants because the salaries in the profession are much lower than they are for most other professions requiring college degrees and ongoing education and / or master's degrees to maintain credentialing?

Lower the bar educationally and you will add people who don't want to take the time and trouble to study child development and pedagogical methods before teaching, people with BAs who aren't able to get higher paying jobs in other fields and who think that when it comes to educating the next generation, "winging it" is quite good enough. This initiative will not increase the so-called "emotional stamina" quotient of the labor pool or its intelligence level or its maturity. Quite the reverse. And it will without a doubt decrease the degree to which applicants have mastered a professional knowledge base or engaged in supervised practice through student teaching.

It is a very bad idea and will do further damage to students in this state.

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Posted by More ignorant tinkering with the AZ education system. on 05/28/2017 at 7:24 AM

Re: “If You Think the TUSD Board Election Was a Knock-down, Drag-out Fight, Take a Look at L.A.

My daughter attends a public high school in Tucson az. She came home complaining that her History teacher was instructing the students in the doctrine of the Muslim faith. According to her, the teacher doesn't even mention the history of America. He spends most of his time bashing President Trump and American values.. He insists that the Muslim faith is a peaceful religion and the students are given assignments and shown 'You Tube' videos in the study of Islam. According to my daughter, if anyone of the students contradict him in any fashion, he retaliates by giving the student a failing grade. Most of the students of the district are predominantly Roman Catholic. With this mind, he has cleverly placed a picture of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the class room. However, the teacher involved never mentions a single word in reference to the religious photograph. In my opinion, he's deliberately and with malice deceiving the students by making seem as though he's a friend of Catholicism and therefore opening a door of communication and trust between student and teacher for the introduction of the Muslim faith. Parents beware, get involved with your children, take the time to ask your sibling what they're being taught in your school district. P.S. My child will not be attending public school as of 2/24/2017.

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Posted by Dave D on 05/28/2017 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

Excellent teaching is not easy, in fact it is very difficult and can't even be achieved consistently as an individual. Most candidates going through the college of education don't have the emotional strength necessary to achieve the classroom control required to provide a great education.

That's why widening the candidate pool will increase academic gains in Arizona. Districts can train teachers much more efficiently than colleges of education. There is something toxic about colleges of education when the coefficient of a master's degree is negative. Consider this: hundreds of millions of dollars spent on master's degrees somehow end up with a teacher is can't achieve the academic gains of someone with a bachelor's degree.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 05/27/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “The Theory: The Theory (Self-released)

Actually, keyboardist Jon Powell hails from England, so that makes for four cultural ingredients in this "salad bowl" (not melting pot) of a band.

Posted by Alaric Weber on 05/27/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Headline Ripping

This was a concise, probing and analytical theater review. Thanks.

Now if only you could replace that grim movie critic at the Weekly.

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Posted by Gurnemanz on 05/27/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Anyone Can Teach. It's Easy! (At Least That's What Republican Legislators and the Governor Tell Me.)

"It would be good for the legislators' souls"

Sorry David, you are giving Arizona legislators credit for something they have clearly demonstrated they do not have.

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Posted by sgsmith on 05/26/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Pothole Heaven....delivered by Governor Deadbeat Ducey and his gang of Republicans, who have diverted millions of gas tax revenues away from road repair.

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Posted by BrianS on 05/26/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Hispanic Chamber applauds Ducey education, business efforts

Public Ed is so broken because Republicans have broken it.

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Posted by BrianS on 05/26/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Danehy

But you need to remember that politics is a money business and these whiners have no money. Corporations do. And sometimes it benefits everybody. Sometimes it doesn't.

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Posted by Jenny on 05/26/2017 at 3:50 PM

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