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Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

Where are there schools with uncertified teachers that are comparable to schools with certified teachers in sufficient quantities and of significant length to provide long-term results? And what does "long-term" imply? How many years, judged by what? As usual with Huppenthal, his statements are questionable at best, and probably false at worst.

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/02/2017 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

David, you have hit the nail on the head!

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/01/2017 at 5:14 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

I can't help wondering if Huppenthal put a poster of Albert Einstein on the wall! Since posters have such power.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/26/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

As a longtime successful educator, I remain highly skeptical of Huppenthal's self-aggrandized statement of his superior teaching capability and knowledge of effective pedagogy. I thought in court he testified that 5 African-American students in unnamed grade levels in an unidentified setting under his tutelage each solved 50,000 math problems. Now it is four in his statement. Whoop-de-do. Without much more serious description of location, grade level, materials used, hours devoted to practice, types of problems encountered and solved, and "fun doing it," we have no proof at all that he is doing anything remarkable. Was this done in a regular classroom setting with other students involved as well? Were the boys sitting at computers playing "Number Munchers" or "Fraction Munchers?" Does he use a variety of teaching materials? Are the students working and developing word problems or just doing worksheets or pressing arrows on a computer? How is he measuring grade level progression? And where is his control group that proves his method is superior? Most of Huppenthal's testimony was just as specious as that little diversion he tried to make.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/26/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Huppenthal, History and Ethnic Studies

I note that Huppenthal still does not divulge the # of students in his "class," how long they are there, what mode of instruction is used for delivery, what other subjects they are studying in tandem, or what level of interdisciplinary instruction is used. This makes a trained evaluator skeptical. I taught minorities and students from poverty in K12 public schools and brought many of them to love school and seek advanced degrees. No one has given up, despite the massive efforts of those of his party who refuse to provide the means and opportunities to ALL students that he provides to his 5 African-American students who each solved 50,000 math problems. Whoop de doo! Not impressed, and not very credible without facts such as I delineated. About 35 years ago we all played Number Munchers and Fraction Munchers but the kids still couldn't transfer the scoring on the game to real life problem solving in context.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/06/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Huppenthal, History and Ethnic Studies

I listened to Huppenthal's testimony for two days. I was struck by how often he could not recall, how often he passed the buck, how often he tried to deflect, and how often he contradicted himself. But what really struck me as a lifelong educator who actually knows something about learning and teaching and how to evaluate it, was his description of his own teaching. No context, no facts, just claims of superiority based on 5 kids doing 50,000 math problems in an unspecified period of time. No description of the type of problems, no source material, no info as to reward systems, no time periods or other curriculum involved. This man is an educational charlatan who benefited from a classical education with little critical thinking and lots of memorization. He began his "observation" of MAS with a bias and made no effort to refute it. He demonstrated that he really doesn't like being questioned by anyone he doesn't consider his equal, and there seems to be very few in that category. The man was most definitely not a compelling or even credible witness. I wish I had seen him on the third day. And I have listened to a LOT of witnesses over the last 25 years, so I think I am a reliable judge.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/03/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “How's the New 'Anyone Can Teach in Arizona' Law Working Out So Far?

I suppose they can claim that supposedly "qualified" college graduates who can't get jobs in their fields can now go to work teaching, thereby being a full-employment program for the state. Fat chance!

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/22/2017 at 2:35 PM

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