Teachers Should Be Able To Read

The state Board of Regents is about to accept a recommendation that it eliminate its short-lived teacher literacy test.

Back in 2013, there was concern that the best students weren’t going to college to become teachers and therefore some people who became teachers didn’t have very good literacy skills.

So a basic literacy test was crafted for state teachers; but after 4 years of use, they’ve decided to eliminate it.

They’ve decided to eliminate it due to undesirable demographic outcomes.

Essentially, they determined it was racially unfair because white people passed the test 64% of the time, Hispanic people passed it 46% of the time, and black people passed it 41% of the time.

Weeding out those unable to pass would result in a disproportionally high percentage of white teachers and not enough teachers of color, so they’re just getting rid of it.

It’s an unfortunate deal when the skin color of your school teachers is more important than the competence of your school teachers.

If less than half of a group can pass a basic literacy test, that doesn’t bode well for their ability to effectively teach your kids.

Heck, even the 64% for whites is an embarrassingly low figure for those responsible for educating our children.

Shouldn’t every school teacher be not only basically literate but exceptionally so?

It’s a woefully inadequate performance across the board, but in the name of racial diversity, they’re about to dumb down the classroom even more.

Bob Lonsberry

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