"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, December 23, 2016

Almost 40 Percent of ASD Teachers Lack Basic Qualifications

When Walton Foundation shill, Dr. Gary Henry, was asked about the fact that almost 40 percent of ASD teachers lacked basic teaching qualifications, his response included this gem:
"It’s a relatively low bar for traditional schools to meet, but it’s probably not a meaningful statistic for parents to focus on when they’re thinking about choosing a school for their child."
Dr. Gary Henry may know statistics, which is one of his specialties--the other being political science--but he is not an educator, nor is he an education professor. Nor does he know anything about what should be important for parents when they consider the quality of schools.

I am wondering if Dr. Henry would be cavalier about the quality of teachers in his own child's school as he is for the poorest kids in Tennessee. Would he shrug at the fact that almost forty percent of the teachers at his grandson's school do not have the most basic qualifications to teach? Would he allow his children or grandchildren to attend the ASD's prison-like corporate charter schools that have replaced the public schools in the poorest areas of Nashville and Memphis?

Dr. Henry's primary involvement in studying the ASD has been to make sure that the Walton Foundation (the Walmart empire) gets to put its heavy thumb on the scale to weigh the value of the disgraceful Achievement School District. Dr. Henry is the recipient of a $350,000 Walton Foundation grant to "study" the ASD.

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