Will efforts to strengthen teaching profession push minorities out?

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  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    This article intimates that minority teachers are primarily the ones marginally qualified or unqualified. If true, there are far greater questions about the integrity of teacher education and the influence of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. As they say, Who's in charge here?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    Having 2 different bars for teachers requirements is racist towards both minorities and whites.

    If a white teacher performs better than a minority, and a position is given to the minority due to the fact he/she is a minority, that is racism.

    And last time I checked, dr king said he wanted to live in a world where people were treated

    NOT by the color of their skin

    End racism. End affirmative action

  • MissTeaching Layton, UT
    May 16, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    I believe that part of the problem is minority opinions about education. If you are Black, you are considered to be turning your back on your roots if you talk or dress like a Caucasian. I also found that many Hispanics have a very laid back attitude about school. How do I know this? I taught school for over 25 years. It's great to be proud of your family and its history, but until some attitudes change, I don't see much hope for things to change. I, also, strongly disagree with lowering the bar for minorities when it comes to being a teacher. I agree with raising the bar, but minorities should not get special privileges. I came from a background of some poverty and poor schools, but I overcame it. I was the first member of my family to get a college degree. Minorities are just as intelligent as Caucasians. Why do Asians do so well in school? It really all comes back to the home. How much do the parents value education. Also, single parenthood is another. 72.3 percent of non-Hispanic blacks are now born out-of-wedlock. Other groups aren't much better.