Minnesota Board of Teaching vote was misinterpreted

  • Article by: Ryan Vernosh
  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 7:29 PM

It was not about the merits of Teach for America.

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naseth12Jun. 26, 13 8:52 PM

Personally, I blame you, the editors of the STrib for how convoluted this got. Between the initial, vague reporting and allowing such incredibly inaccurate words to fill your Opinion page, you've abandoned your duty to report the facts as accurately as possible in the hopes of generating revenue through sensationalist journalism. Shame on y.

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supervon2Jun. 26, 13 9:18 PM

Even MPR recognized that the majority of the people on the board were union and the representatives created nothing but typical union double-speak saying that was not the problem. The real problem was they broke out laughing during the interview.

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tandabuss1Jun. 26, 13 9:22 PM

Ryan, two questions: 1) Do you belong to Education MN? 2) Why did the board take a negative vote this year, after several previous years of voting yes on exactly the same proposal?

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badcopperJun. 26, 13 9:47 PM

members of an organization are monolithic and incapable of independent views --- that about sums it up

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wplettfanJun. 26, 1310:33 PM

members of the anti-union are monolithic and incapable of independent views --- that about sums it up.

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martytoilJun. 27, 1312:34 AM

I have a group of 50 really smart high school students that want to teach elementary kids. They are at the top of their class. Can I get a blanket variance so that they can just skip teaching classes and go straight into education for a few years after they graduate HS? Oh, I will give them each 5 weeks of training.

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gkstoutJun. 27, 13 7:53 AM

Well stated. I see nothing related to union or nonunion about whether or not to give a variance to unprepared recent college graduates to teach school. It undermines all the work preservice teachers do in preparation for their profession to give someone back door access after they realize there are no jobs waiting at the end of their four year degree. "Maybe I'll try teaching" should not be good enough for our children. One year with a poor teacher hurts students and for some the lost learning is never recovered. I salute the Board of Teaching.

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tandabuss1Jun. 27, 13 8:07 AM

Martytoll--Northfield's elementary teachers, on the whole, are pretty good. So, now, I wouldn't take you up on that offer. But I swear, there are some licensed, trained teachers at NMS and NHS that could easily be replaced by bright high school students, and it would lead to better educational outcomes.

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kamkamJun. 27, 13 8:21 AM

Thank you, Mr. Vernosh, for explaining exactly the purpose for and what happened in regards to the vote. The Board of Teaching is holding all teachers applying for variances-regardless of teacher prep program-to the same standard.

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gandalf48Jun. 27, 13 8:46 AM

martytoil - [I have a group of 50 really smart high school students that want to teach elementary kids. They are at the top of their class. Can I get a blanket variance so that they can just skip teaching classes and go straight into education for a few years after they graduate HS? Oh, I will give them each 5 weeks of training.] *** Actually while I was in high school I was able to volunteer for many programs where I went to elementary schools and taught many lessons and was leading the classroom for many hours and also working in small groups with the elementary school students. The other high school students and I were able to do this with only a few hours of "training".

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