REBLOG: Pearson to become the gate-keeper for student teachers in Illinois.

You have GOT to be fucking kidding me. This– this nonsense RIGHT HERE– is why no sane person wants to teach any longer.

Fred Klonsky

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Sandra Deines (center).

-By Sandra Deines. Sandra is a member of the Skokie Organization of Retired Educators IEA Retired and a retired Park Ridge high school teacher.

Starting this fall Pearson will be in the business of deciding who becomes a teacher in the state of Illinois. 

The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted a rule that designates Pearson’s “edTPA” as the means by which student teachers will be evaluated and granted certification. 

As the fall semester begins, all student teachers in the state will be required to pay an extra $300 (on top of the tuition they are already paying) and arrange for videotaping so that they can submit a lengthy narrative that covers the planning, execution and evaluation of a series of lessons with one of their classes as well as a ten-minute video of themselves carrying out their lesson with a class.

Student teachers are required to get…

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6 thoughts on “REBLOG: Pearson to become the gate-keeper for student teachers in Illinois.

  1. This is utter f***ing BULLSHIT!! The depersonalization of education and the next step to the cookie cutter school depicted in The Wall.
    I suppose the teachers were making too much fuss about Pearson’s standardized testing protocol, so the solution is to have only Pearson approved teachers.
    Everything I see makes me more and more glad that I left. It makes me want to hurl, both the contents of my stomach, and very large explosive objects.

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  2. I too only liked the post in solidarity to say something like, “I have a bad feeling about this”. Not that it is surprising considering they are trying to corner the testing markets as is, why not this? Seriously? What happens if parents say no, or it is an off day? Student teaching is hard enough…and why are they cutting out professors? That seems so counterintuitive to me but smells like a step toward corporatization and privatization of education.

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