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#31 of 38 Old 04-14-2003, 04:53 PM
 
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:LOL Abimommy, really?

My mother volunteered at my school all the time in K-4. She was eventually hired on as a Title I aide.

I can't believe some schools don't allow volunteers

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I stayed out of this thread when it was active because it is such an emotional issue for me. But after receiving my May copy of NEA Today (National Education Association), I felt like maybe I could contribute effectively to the discussion without being too emotional and perhaps pass along some valid information.

I am a teacher.

One of the many things that is wrong with this bill is the federal government setting standards on what constitutes a "highly qualified" teacher. No longer will it be good enough to have a university certify that you are able to teach a certain subject or area and renew based on college hours. Now you have to jump through more hoops. Here's what has happened to me:

I have 3 degrees: Bachelor of Science in Education; Master of Arts in Educational Administration; Education Specialist in Educational Administration

I have certification through the state of Kansas for these areas:
EMH Level III & IV (teaching mild to moderately handicapped children grades 5 - 12)
Building Administrator (all levels)
District Administrator
Special Education Director

This is my experience:
17 years teaching special needs students math, science and English as well as 7 of those years also teaching collaborative science and math classes in the general curriculum.
3 years Assistant Principal

I will not be able to get a "highly qualified" license. I teach content courses to special needs students who cannot participate in the general curriculum because of their disabilities. But I do not have a degree in those content areas, nor do I have upper level college courses in those content areas. All of my education and all of my experience does nothing for me.

And that is only one of the many problems. If you care to see more please visit this website and read the articles and see the flow chart regarding NCLB Act.

www.nea.org/neatoday

Please write your congressmen and relay your feelings directly to them. My personal feeling is that this legislation was designed to kill public education so it will be easier to implement vouchers on a large scale basis.

There is no more local control of education. This bill made sure of it.
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Daylily,
I'm so glad you're going to homeschool! Having met you only briefly - Children's Museum in Richmond - I think you'd be an excellent homeschooling mom! We just started this year and it's great - the money thing is a problem. I'm trying to come up with creative solutions for that.
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dfoy~

Thanks for your response.

I was flipping through dh's copy of NEA Today yesterday and read a bit about the No Child Left Behind Act. Can you say This part really got me:

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The law says: All teachers should be "highly qualified" by the end of the 2005-06 school year by having state certification and demonstration of
competence.

Glitch: Federal education department regulations permit teachers who are providing supplemental services, who are at charter schools, or who are in preparation programs that skirt state certification standards to be deemed highly qualified. At the same time, it labels not highly qualified special education teachers who teach several subjects--but who are not certified in each of those subjects. The law also makes not highly qualified those teachers who were certified as fifth- or sixth-grade elementary teachers--but whose schools were then re-designated middle schools, or vice versa.

I am not even sure if my dh (special ed teacher) is aware of this "highly qualified" business. It looks like most special ed teachers will not be "highly qualified" even though dh has 30 units beyond Bachelors plus has taken the multiple subject assessment and teaching reading assessment in the state of CA. Looks like the end of all resource teachers. He is on the fence about remaining a teacher anyway and I am afraid that additional hoops to jump through is only going to discourage him more. All I could think is that absolutely noone is going to want to be a teacher given these requirements (combined with crappy pay) that the profession is going to lose many good longtime teachers.

It is very sad and I do have to wonder about ulterior motives...like maybe all Americans should be taught in Christian schools: Since it looks from above that those wonderful little charter schools with truly unqualified teachers somehow become "highly qualified" under this act
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Courtney, It's nice to hear from you! I didn't realize you were here under a new name.

Dfoy, thanks for your input. I was so annoyed about how this bill is affecting children and their parents, I overlooked the teachers' side of the story.

In many ways, this bill will make public education worse, not better. There was a story about it on NPR the other day and apparently overcrowding is not a valid excuse to limit the number of transfers to a so-called "successful" school. We're going to have children crammed into trailers and before long the successful schools will be failing schools. Ugh.

Is it even in our administration's best interests to have a well-educated citizenry? Bush and his co-horts come from the higher-echelon of society--prep school and ivy league educated. If the ordinary person gets an indifferent education, then control of this country will always remain in the hands of people like Bush.
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"Is it even in our administration's best interests to have a well-educated citizenry? Bush and his co-horts come from the higher-echelon of society--prep school and ivy league educated. If the ordinary person gets an indifferent education, then control of this country will always remain in the hands of people like Bush."

Ever read any John Taylor Gatto? He is now my hero. In all the homeschooling research I've been doing, his writings really gave voice to my thoughts. Are we training people to be complacent, compliant burger-flippers and Wal-Mart clerks? (I'm not trying to insult anyone's job - just a society geared towards nothing more important than obedient consumers)
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Buried in this legislation is a requirement that high schools give personal information on all students to the military for recruiting purposes.

I've never read John Taylor Gatto, but he sounds interesting.
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Dear Hydrangea:

I agree that it would take some kind of revolution in our economic system to make homeschooling a viable option for everyone. Yet we would need " state schools " since not everyon ewill view it as theit "job" to teach their children anything.

But really, ideally, if everyone felt it was their god-given obligation to chang ethe world and educate their own kid, then, thing would be alot different in this country.
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