Racist Literacy Test Prevents Minorities from Teaching

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Education
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The United States has steadily slid down the list of the global rankings in education standards, but why is that? 
It could be suggested that the problem lies in the fact that almost half of the teachers accepted by teacher preparation programs were ranked in the bottom half of their high school class. 

So what should the standard be?

In 2013, the state of New York introduced four assessments in an effort to raise the quality of teaching in elementary and secondary education. This included the Academic Literacy Skills Test, ALST. But now the New York state Board of Regents is dropping it from the requirements. 

Tests like the ALST have recieved intense scrutiny for a supposed racial bias, because just 46 percent of Hispanic test-takers and 41 percent of black test-takers passed it on the first try, compared to 64 percent of white candidates.

In 2015, after the bias was first reported, a federal judge ruled that the tests were not discriminatory. However, what a judge decides has little bearing on social justice. 

Oppoents of the tests find it “problematic” that so many of those screened out of the teaching pool are racial minorities. 

While roughly 80% of all teachers are white, the latest data says that only 50% of government school children are white. This 30% difference is what has the SJW’s in a tizzy. 

That is a discrepancy that can’t be ignored. Interestingly enough, there is another discrepancy that is being over looked. In that same study, the Department of Education found that 76% of teachers are female, while women make up only 50.8% of the US population. 

That leaves another 26% difference, this time leaving men, a slight minority of the population, in the cold. If that inequality is acceptable why do we need to force unqualified people into teaching just to balance this out? 

It seems obvious that the worst teachers end up teaching in the worst schools. The worst schools are usually in poorer areas where there are more minorities. If the standard is lowered to make more black and Hispanic teachers the education of the poor black, white, and Hispanic children will be what suffers. 

I ask you, what’s more important to you in a teacher for your kids? Would you prefer to have the most qualified teacher or the teacher that most closely looks like your child? That is an easy question for me to answer, but I don’t hold any prejudice against teachers for their race. 

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