Raise Salaries or Lower the Bar?

So, it seems some people have decided that ‘too much’ education is a bad thing.  Imagine, if you will, that your state has a shortage of teachers.  Your state also has the lowest wages for teachers in the nation.  Now, the common-sense solution here is to offer incentives to qualified teachers, raise the salaries to be competitive, right?  Well, Arizona has decided to go a different route – lower the requirements for becoming a teacher!  An excerpt from an article in Salon

“Last week, just days after the Arizona legislature passed the most expansive school voucher law anywhere in the nation, Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law another education measure decreeing that public school teachers are no longer required to have a college degree of any kind before being hired. Arizona teachers will only have to be enrolled in college in order to begin teaching the state’s public school students.

 The law, SB 1159, was pushed by conservatives on the grounds that Arizona has faced a severe teacher shortage for the last six years, which, by this winter, left 26% of teacher vacancies unfilled and nearly 2,000 classrooms without an official teacher of record. That shortage has led supporters of the bill, including business interests such as the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, to claim that loosening teacher credential requirements will help fill those staffing gaps. Opponents of the bill, however, point to the fact that Arizona has the lowest teacher salaries in the country, even while boasting a budget surplus of more than $5 billion.”

But Arizona isn’t alone … Christopher Rufo, the activist who blames the teaching of history and facts for all the evils in the nation …

“… called for state lawmakers to rescind requirements that teachers hold education degrees, claiming that masters programs in education only exposed future teachers to left-wing ideology. Instead, Rufo argued, public schools should only require bachelor’s degrees for new hires, predicting that in time school officials would come to view applicants with advanced degrees as suspicious: Don’t ‘hire the ones with the masters, because those are the crazies.’”

So, just to be clear on the direction education is taking today in much of the country … we’re not going to teach our children facts about the history of the nation … things like slavery, white settler’s slaughter of the Indigenous People, Jim Crow, systemic racism, Japanese-American internment camps and more.  We won’t require that the people teaching our children are actually knowledgeable and educated themselves.  We will keep teacher’s salaries low so as not to attract the best and the brightest.  We will allow schools to impose one specific religious belief on all students, regardless of their own beliefs or lack thereof.  Oh yeah, sounds like a perfect recipe for what some would call “American Exceptionalism.”  Just remember, though, that ‘exceptional’ can take on a variety of meanings … there’s an “exceptionally well-done job”, but then there’s also “exceptionally stupid.”

America’s longest war

I wrote yesterday about the horrific Tulsa Race Massacre which has been largely buried in the history of this nation for 100 years. I was aware of some other similar events, but I have to admit that even I did not realize just how prevalent the attempt to cover up the darkest moments in our history is. And … it’s not only our history, but even today there are those who would bury the truth about the horrible racism in this nation. Our friend Brosephus has written of ‘America’s Longest War’ and he is quite right … Black people in this nation have been fighting for their survival since the nation’s founding. Please take a few minutes to check out his links, especially the partial listing of incidents where Black people were literally eradicated from governments, towns and cities. I hang my head in shame of what this nation has done to its OWN CITIZENS!!! Thank you, Brosephus, for bringing this to the forefront … we must ALL become more aware and we MUST stop this white arrogance NOW!

The Mind of Brosephus

Photo via CBS News/60 Minutes

May 31,1921 is a day that has lived in the minds of Black America for 100 years. Now, the rest of the world is beginning to come to grips with what it has been like to live Black in America. The Greenwood Neighborhood was one battle in what has been America’s longest war, the war against Black America.

I can already hear the huffing and puffing that I’m making this up, but if you’re not a Black American, the odds are that you’ve never heard of the following incidents linked here. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the attacks that Black America has suffered. There are many that never get talked about and have been swept under the rug of revisionist history in America. As one former Attorney General said about history, “history is written by the winners, so…

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