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Opening Arguments

This is education?

A Hoosier teacher wonders why Indiana bothered to set new standards requiring all potential teachers to major in their field of study and minor in education:

I'm mystified as to why this is necessary. I teach high school in Indianapolis and it has been years since I was called upon to teach anything but basic skills. Any college graduate with a passing grade in freshman English can easily teach the rudimentary skills required for mastery in an English class. It has been a long time since I've had to call on my extensive knowledge of literature or composition in order to teach a lesson. In fact, I rarely have to think or plan at all, since the district sends me lessons and prepared scripts that I am required to use. I could teach "Mary Had a Little Lamb'' as long as it hit one or more of the Indiana standards.

No literature or special composition skills, just the rudimentary basics all laod out in a must-follow lesson plan. How sad, and how scary to think that might be more common than many of us would like to believe.


tim zank
Mon, 01/18/2010 - 12:24pm

Thanks to the NEA and the Dept. Of Education. You can't acheive a 100% dependency on the government unless you train kids early on to rely on the state, not their parents and family.

Certainly appears to be working doesn't it?

Bob G.
Mon, 01/18/2010 - 12:49pm

In a word...
(you get it)

It's working about AS GOOD as bailing out the TITANIC with a colander.


john b. kalb
Mon, 01/18/2010 - 1:32pm

How sad, that a "professional teacher" would look at her job in this way! My own contacts with a limited number of FWCS "professional teachers" leads me to state that they may feel this way - BUT THEY DO NOT ACT THIS WAY! And for this, we in Fort Wayne need to be thankful!!