Tuesday, May 19, 2009

No Surprises Here

In the below story the Massachusetts Department of Education is reporting that 73% of aspiring teachers failed the math section of the elementary school teacher's licensing exam. My God these people should be angry very angry I assume they have finished college and spent tens of thousands of dollars to do so. Not only has their K-12 education failed them but their college education failed them as well. Boy I sure would like to know what these people think? I hope to heck that these people are not awarded teaching licenses but I assume they will as the teacher's union or the ACLU will somehow step in and get these people into a classroom.

I would assume that any high school graduate has enough math under his belt to teach elementary math. The fact that 73% of college graduates with a teaching degree failed the math portion of a teacher's licensing exam speaks volumes for teaching degrees.

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The following piece appeared at WPRI.com.

Aspiring school teachers fail in math
Only 27 percent of the teaching candidates pass

Bruce Morin
MALDEN, Mass. (WPRI) - According to state education officials, nearly three-quarters of the people who took the state elementary school teacher’s licensing exam this year failed the new math section.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is releasing the results Tuesday. They say that only 27 percent of the more than 600 candidates who took the test passed. The test was administered in March of this year.

The teacher’s licensing exam tested potential teachers on their knowledge of elementary school mathematics. This included geometry, statistics, and probability.

Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester was not surprised by the results. He told the Boston Globe that these results indicate that many students are not receiving an adequate math education.

Tom Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents , says "The high failure rate puts a shining light on a deficiency in teacher-prep programs."

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