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  •  Only if you accept the tests matter. I don't. It (2+ / 0-)
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    Woody, radical simplicity

    would actually be interesting to see how the people who cheated were evaluated by their students and administration. My guess is that their performance was not lower than those that passed legally.

    There has never been a study that shows the Praxis II does anything but put another hurdle in front of teachers.

    Of course, few people effectively evaluate teachers, so we probably don't have evidence to compare the cheaters to the passers.

    •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      One of the many problems of the teaching profession is an obsession with credentials.

      In the real world, in the one-room schoolhouse, the teacher gave the lesson, then the ones who caught on the first time explained it to the others or the older kids taught the younger kids. That's how one teacher could give lessons to six classes at a time. And it worked. They learned to read, write, and do arithmetic.

      But today, if you propose letting older kids teach younger kids, ya know, the way older sisters teach their little sisters, oh, noes, they need degrees! Malarkey.

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