Wednesday, July 12, 2017

No Status Quo in Wisconsin! | BustED Pencils

No Status Quo in Wisconsin! | BustED Pencils:

No Status Quo in Wisconsin!





 Since testifying against the Wisconsin DPI (Department of Public Instruction) teacher license rule changes, some have suggested that I am simply a defender of the status quo. That my insistence on “standards” means I wish to keep in place the current system. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Here is a direct quote from testimony,
“All of our children deserve a fully qualified, licensed teacher. A teacher who is culturally competent. A teacher with a deep understanding of linguistic plurality. A teacher with multiple experiences in inclusive settings. These teachers must have an education rooted in critical pedagogy that exposes societal inequities and inspires a passion for social justice.”
Please explain how this is a call for keeping things the same.
When I refer to standards it is the vision that I present above that I am referring to—not the current “hurdles” that have been made a part of the licensing system by those outside the field of teaching and teacher education.
I strongly support the elimination of any high stakes standardized test as a gatekeeper to the teaching profession. That means PRAXIS, Core, and FoRT (Foundations of Reading Test). Each of these imposed gates has been detrimental to actually preparing the teachers ourNo Status Quo in Wisconsin! | BustED Pencils:

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