States and the federal government have already watered down just about everything when it comes to building a quality education system for this country, so this latest step should surprise no one.
Senators have included in key legislation language that would allow teachers still in training to be considered “highly qualified” so they can meet a standard set in the federal No Child Left Behind law.
In an era when the education mantra is that all kids deserve great teachers, some members of Congress want it to be the law of the land that a neophyte teacher who has demonstrated “satisfactory progress” toward full state certification is “highly qualified.”
Many politicians and other education “experts” have already downgraded the concept of “well educated” to mean “receiving passing scores on a series of multiple choice tests”.
Now some of them want to define-down “highly qualified” as “heading in the right direction”.
I wonder what it takes to be a “highly qualified” congress critter.