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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

"Unqualified to Teach"

As virtually everyone in the audience knew, Mr. Huyck would be leaving Pacific Collegiate, a charter school, after commencement. Despite his doctorate in classics from Harvard, despite his 22 years teaching in high school and college, despite the classroom successes he had so demonstrably achieved with his Latin students in Santa Cruz, he was not considered “highly qualified” by California education officials under their interpretation of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Rather than submit to what he considered an expensive, time-consuming indignity, a teacher-certification program geared to beginners that would last two years and cost about $15,000, Mr. Huyck decided to resign and move across town to teach in a private school. And in his exasperation, he was not alone.

Via New York Times


Blogger Dan said...

When the Republicans say "No Child Left Behind," what they really mean is "All Children Equally Stupid."

Aren't euphemisms great?

October 11, 2006 11:31 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh, you bet they're "great." This administration is more euphemism-happy than any other. Each word uttered by George Bush is a circular argument of its own at this point.

I've been hearing horror stories from teachers of all political stripes (esp. from special ed teachers) about NCLB, but this takes the cake. Stupid, bureaucratic--I thought that Republicans hated bureaucracy? (Ha.)

October 11, 2006 1:06 PM  

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