From The “You Have GOT To be Shitting Me” File For Jun 10 2015

Over the past few years, we have done a number of posts chronicling the absolute DISMAL performance of our public schools. Teachers USUALLY get the bad rap for it, but SOMETIMES they DESERVE it as well.

Between the teachers’ unions, caring LITTLE about the ACTUAL education of students, and an administrative staff that is ONLY worried about keeping THEIR six-figure salary jobs, it is NO WONDER our schools are in shambles, and our young people are about as smart as sand. Several writers contributed to this article, Laura Alcorn at AmericaC2C.com, for the first part, and Blake Neff, from The Daily Caller.com for the second part.

THIS sums it up. How the HELL are STUDENTS supposed to learn, when the TEACHER is clueless ?

Failed Black and Hispanic Teacher Applicants “There is No Clear Evidence Strong Literacy Skills are Essential for a Teacher”

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In what has to be the most idiotic lawsuit in history, failed black and Hispanic teachers are suing the state of New York because they failed to score high enough on the teacher evaluation to get their license to teach.

Their argument is that “there is no clear evidence strong literacy skills are essential for a teacher.”

Say what?

You know what the worst part is?

These failed teachers are about to reap millions of dollars in back pay, some as far back as 2004 and extending into 2012.

The Judge is Kimba M. Wood.  Wood was once nominated as a U.S. Attorney general by Bill Clinton but failed to get the position due to the fact she had an illegal alien working for her as a nanny.  She did pay all the associated taxes for the nanny.  Wood determined that the test must be racist since blacks and Hispanics passed at a 54% rate but whites passed at a 75% rate.

Questions on the test that were considered racist, like the one that quoted four sections of the constitution and the teacher applicant had to decide which one was an example of checks and balances.  (Could this possibly explain why Obama can’t seem to follow the constitution?)  Another racist question, was one that gave the teacher applicants four math examples and they had to say what the math principle behind the problems were.  Oh, I can see those questions are just so racist.  We’d better call in Loretta Lynch and Al Sharpton to investigate.  By the way, the reason I said the complaining failures will win their suit is because the judge in that case is Kimba Wood.  Nuff said? Maybe the 25% of whites who failed can call in the mainstream media to prove they are really white Hispanics.

After all, teachers don’t never need to speak goodly in order to edumacate yure chilren.

Courtesy of Red Statements.

“Disparate Impact” Again – New York Teachers Test Ruled Discriminatory – Minority Educators Failed

Disparate Impact is the social justice legalese term when an innocuous process or qualification standard disqualifies minority applicants at a higher rate than non-minorities.

‘Legal work status’ for employment eligibility is another insane example of applying “disparate impact” rules. Because, as the theory applies, Hispanics are disqualified from employment at a greater rate than non-Hispanics -when employment eligibility is reviewed- it is therefore unlawful to use a standard of a social security number check (for eligible employment authenticity) when considering job applicants.  

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Arne Duncan, the Regime’s Secretary Of Education. Along with a REAL racist, former A.G. Eric Withholder. Incompetence SQUARED.

In essence, this is why progressives don’t like “card-check” systems; and, in a more broad sense this is why President Obama tried to institute employment eligibility in his Executive action last fall. 

Any qualification standard that adversely impacts minorities more than non-minorities is considered racist; the same applies to testing candidates. 

(Via Daily Caller) A federal judge in New York has struck down a test used by New York City to vet potential teachers, finding the test of knowledge illegally discriminated against racial minorities due to their lower scores.

At first glance, the city’s second Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST-2) seems fairly innocuous. Unlike the unfair literacy tests of Jim Crow, LAST-2 was given to every teaching candidate in New York, and it was simply a test to make sure that teachers had a basic high school-level understanding of both the liberal arts and the sciences.

One sample question from the test asked prospective educators to identify the mathematical principle of a linear relationship when given four examples; another asked them to read four passages from the Constitution and identify which illustrated checks and balances. Besides factual knowledge, the test also checks basic academic skills, such as reading comprehension and the ability to read basic charts and graphs.

Nevertheless, this apparently neutral subject matter contained an insidious kernel of racism, because Hispanic and black applicants had a passage rate only 54 to 75 percent of the passage rate for whites.

Once their higher failure rate was established, the burden shifted to New York to prove that LAST-2 measured skills that were essential for teachers and therefore was justified in having a racially unequal outcome. While it might seem obvious that possessing basic subject knowledge is a key skill for a teacher, District Judge Kimba Wood said the state hadn’t met that burden.

OK, there is the first part of the piece. This next one is from The Daily Caller.com :

NY Teacher Exam Thrown Out For Being Discriminatory

Blake Neff
Reporter


A federal judge in New York has struck down a test used by New York City to vet potential teachers, finding the test of knowledge illegally discriminated against racial minorities due to their lower scores.

At first glance, the city’s second Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST-2) seems fairly innocuous. Unlike the unfair literacy tests of Jim Crow, LAST-2 was given to every teaching candidate in New York, and it was simply a test to make sure that teachers had a basic high school-level understanding of both the liberal arts and the sciences.

One sample question from the test asked prospective educators to identify the mathematical principle of a linear relationship when given four examples; another asked them to read four passages from the Constitution and identify which illustrated checks and balances. Besides factual knowledge, the test also checks basic academic skills, such as reading comprehension and the ability to read basic charts and graphs.

Nevertheless, this apparently neutral subject matter contained an insidious kernel of racism, because Hispanic and black applicants had a passage rate only 54 to 75 percent of the passage rate for whites.

WATCH:

Once their higher failure rate was established, the burden shifted to New York to prove that LAST-2 measured skills that were essential for teachers and therefore was justified in having a racially unequal outcome. While it might seem obvious that possessing basic subject knowledge is a key skill for a teacher, District Judge Kimba Wood said the state hadn’t met that burden.

“Instead of beginning with ascertaining the job tasks of New York teachers, the two LAST examinations began with the premise that all New York teachers should be required to demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts,” Wood wrote in her opinion, according to The New York Times.

LAST-2 hasn’t been used in New York since 2012, but the ruling will still have repercussions. Minorities who failed the exam (who number in the thousands) may be owed years of back pay totaling millions of dollars, and those who were relegated to substitute teaching jobs could be promoted to having their own classrooms. In addition, while Wood’s ruling only applies to New York City, the test was used statewide, and it could serve as a precedent for further lawsuits.

The ruling could also pave the way for another ruling finding New York’s current teacher test, the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), to be discriminatory as well. That test is even harder than LAST-2, with a strong focus on literacy skills such as writing and reading comprehension, and like LAST-2 it has a very large gap in scores between whites and minorities. A lawsuit, once again being heard by Wood, is already pending, with the plaintiffs arguing that there is no clear evidence strong literacy skills are essential for a teacher.

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If anyone out there thinks that teachers need to decertify their unions, THIS article should put that notion to rest. I’m sick and damn tired of the poor performance in MANY schools today BECAUSE of idiotic restrictive “work rules”, and the rest of the crap promulgated from Washington.

It is WAY past time to get the control of LOCAL schools BACK to LOCAL people. And it is HIGH TIME the unions get realistic. The taxpayers, of which THEY ARE as well, are simply tapped out, and CANNOT afford to support the MASSIVE teachers’ union bureaucracy.

As to the racial aspect of this, I call a hearty, resounding BULLSHIT. WHAT the HELL is racist about MATH questions, or Constitution questions ? Last I looked, a mathematical equation, or calculation, had ZERO clue of WHO was trying to solve it. Last I looked, the Constitution covers ALL races, provided they are actual CITIZENS. To me, THIS is yet another part of the Obama Legacy.

These asshats need to quit making EXCUSES for their dismal performance, along with blaming it on their RACE. GET. THE. F—. OVER. IT ALREADY. And, while they are at it, DEMAND a REFUND of ANY tuition from “teachers’ college”. THERE is where a LARGE part of the failure is LEARNED. Too busy with the latest “fads” to teach these people BASIC teaching skills, along with the subject matter.

A big hat-tip to our own Grouchy Fogie.

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CLYDE. So now TESTS are RACIST ? Such ridiculousness.

 

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6 Responses to From The “You Have GOT To be Shitting Me” File For Jun 10 2015

  1. Hardnox says:

    It’s hard to wrap one’s head around such ridiculousness. Everything these days is deemed “racist”. Long gone are the days when adults were in charge we simply called ideas like this “stupid” and walked on.

    On the plus side, when the massive reset button gets pushed, only conservatives will be able to read the instructions for the weapons systems.

  2. Kathy says:

    Without a doubt the stupidest decision by a judge that I’ve seen in a long time. A test can only be racist by way of its content, not the results. Her decision is racist, and it’s pathetic that it’s accepted by the teachers and fodder for law suits, instead of realizing they need to study more in order to achieve the same goals. An important lesson was missed here all because of racism.

    • Clyde says:

      These “judges” leave a LOT to be desired. I thought the name Kimba Woods looked familiar. One of BJ Bill’s appointees.

  3. Grouchy says:

    I graduated High School in the very early 1960’s, and went directly into the Defense Industry, then into the military.
    I feel now, and have for a long time, that I came out of high school better educated than most Liberal Arts B.A.’s in the last 40 years. If my Junior and Senior English teachers are still living, and could see the sign leading this article, I think for sure they’d have either an apocalyptic seizure, or a massive stroke, one the other.
    What the HELL are “Teachers Classes” teaching? Where is the competence that once was demanded of graduates of Teachers Colleges and Universities? Folks, the time for Home Schooling is upon us. And for those who feel unworthy, spend all your spare time in the local college or big-city library, and rely heavily on the Librarian’s recommendations,,, and pray that he/she is well educated~!
    And I say this as a former USAF Base Librarian’s Assistant.

  4. Buck says:

    I feel the same way, Grouchy. My 50th High School Senior Class was some time back but our old maid English teacher was the one most remembered. Coming in a close second was a Junior High history teacher.