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December 23, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 23, 2012

Poor decision by state board

Of all the idiotic and imbecilic things the State Board of Education has done, this takes the cake: to change teacher/principal licensing rules (Tribune-Star, Dec. 6, 2012). If you have any children in the public schools, beware, as the quality of personnel could be drastically diminished. It appears that anyone off the street with a degree of any kind could be your child’s next teacher, as long as they can pass a test. These so-called “overseers of Indiana education” appear to be pushing for the demise of education, which is already in trouble.

The board’s job is to study the educational system and then make changes for the betterment of all children. But these shallow thinkers are damaging the very core of what real educators have built up over the course of many years.

Teachers now are specialists in their fields, have studied child behavior, have practiced teaching to see if they desire to continue with their teacher training and who have real classroom experience. But then you get a bunch of uninformed people who are unfit for the job. They think they know something about education but all they are doing is demonstrating their short-sightedness, their lack of knowledge and lack of intelligence to the public. They are an embarrassment not only to education but to the entire Indiana public as well as this nation. Everyone in this country has to cringe when they hear or read of this witless decision.

I suggest that they step into the classroom and see what real education is like, instead of demonstrating their lack of knowledge, wisdom and insight of the real world of teaching. Too bad the board doesn’t try to help education instead of placing it back in the dark ages (from where their opinions seem to originate).

Let’s get someone on the board who knows something about education. Contact the governor, Glenda Ritz or your Indiana representatives to see if there is a way to impeach this inept bunch before all education is totally destroyed. How would you like it if all your doctor had to do was walk off the street and pass a test?

— Dr. Larry Reck

Professor Emeritus

Indiana State University

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