Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Karen Lewis: Poster child for a dysfunctional educational system?

Karen Lewis, the President of the Chicago Teachers Union, and who, according to her speech that is linked here, had a good ol' time smoking dope throughout her time at Dartmouth College (so much for an Ivy League education in the early 1970's), is a science teacher.

Notwithstanding that she could be the poster child for all that is wrong in the educational system today as typified by her video, how on earth do Masters degrees in Inner City Studies Education and Fine Arts qualify ANYONE to teach chemistry??  If she exemplifies the criteria by which teachers are hired, then no wonder the Chicago School System is in such bad shape.

1 comment:

Quizikle said...

LO wanted to teach in public high schools (why is a different story). She wasn't allowed in spite of 2 masters and a PhD in hard sciences and working experience at a national laboratory. She wasn't "qualified".

So she teaches "remedial" algebra at the college level to those 18 and 19 year olds that were taught by qualified persons in the public schools. And the college has seen such a decrease in mathematical ability in freshmen, remedial math (under a different name) is now a required course unless the student can test out.