FAKE NEWS REGISTER REJECTED HONEST SCHOOL NEWS
Greetings Des Moines Register Editorial Board, Governor Reynolds, State Board of Education and all—
On 3-12-18 superior educator, Dr. Sue Atkinson, submitted the following guest column to the Register editorial board along with her credentials, which include: undergraduate degree in math and physics, four graduate degrees, business experience, and presently teaching online college courses in the disciplines of Political Science and History.
The Register arbitrarily rejected Dr. Sue’s column without comment, so here it is for Iowalive’s wise audience, along with some pertinent references to further Register editors’ et. al. enlightenment.
Dr. Sue Honestly Wrote
Iowa House action, to further lower teacher licensing standards, provides an opportunity to point out how the state’s continued allowance of educator excuses for failure have kept Iowa’s teacher training and licensing system at the failure level – according to the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) annual reports, which have persistently graded Iowa a D.
· Iowa adopted a standard lower than national grade level standard for student achievement, to appear to be good, and continues at this low level, because it is unable to raise it.
· Iowa educators have attempted to write curriculum – replacing their math with the national Common Core because the state effort was embarrassingly based on memorization rather than concepts – and the other attempts need to be replaced with national curriculum also, for the same reason.
· Iowa’s plan to close the achievement gap is to further lower standards for those students to pretend more are good, instead of actually being good.
· Iowa’s plan for Special Ed students (most of whom have been failed because their learning style is incompatible with memorization) is to administer alternative assessments rather than examine the extent to which the education system itself is responsible for the situation.
· Teaching methods continue to use versions involving memorization rather than effectively teaching concepts to the various learning styles.
· Educators want to continue to control low standards and content of assessments, rather than using ones like the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which uses national grade level standards and tests students for their understanding and application of concepts at three different levels that amount to basic entry level (where Iowa considers students proficient), proficient (national grade level), and above proficient (international standards).
· Iowa’s teacher licensing process is graded a failure, just as its teacher training program, by the NCTQ – and the Iowa House wants to accommodate this failure by lowering standards more instead of telling the teacher training programs to get up off the level of failure.
The business sector and military were forced to go to Congress almost twenty years ago for action intended to get education back on track with concepts because the transition to memorization sixty years ago was creating low thinking and problem-solving skills that failed to meet the qualifications needed for many open positions, and not enough employees could be attracted from other countries that are out-educating us. Graduates must face global competition with those who actually understand, and can apply concepts, while Iowa graduates of memorization falsely believe they are good because they have memorized some piece of information but lack the ability to explain the underlying concepts. Iowa’s education failure contributes greatly to the state’s continually lower income, as other states (whose education programs earn Cs and Bs from the NCTQ) produce higher numbers of graduates with the in-depth thinking and problem-solving skills desired by business and the military.
The solution to the Iowa teacher shortage is for the state to allow licensed teachers from the thirty states significantly better than Iowa to teach online classes using the national Common Core curriculum so students have access to national grade level standards and effective teaching. Graduates face global competition, so Iowa educators must also face up to it and be held accountable for remaining on failure for the past seventeen years.
Sue Atkinson, PhD
P. O. Box 301
Baxter IA 50028
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