Saturday, February 1, 2014
Where is the outrage over Rick Scott's appointments to the state board of education?
Before people blame unions and teachers for the state of education I hope they consider whom Rick Scott has appointed to the state board of education. First there is local Gary Chartrand a grocer who started a charter school who has never taught a day in his life. Then there is Andy Tuck a citrus grower and where he too has never taught a day in his life he was on the school board in his hometown. However before we celebrate a modicum of education related experience, this is what the Tampa Times has quoted him saying about evolution, "As a person of faith, I strongly oppose any study of evolution as fact at all. I’m purely in favor of it staying a theory and only a theory, I won’t support any evolution being taught as fact at all in any of our school. Both of them have also donated considerable sums of money to Rick Scott’s reelection campaign
Then there is Rebecca Fishman-Lipsey, this New York Transplant has two years of teaching experience (in New York) and five years of Teach for America administrative experience. Teach for America takes non education recent grads, puts them though a five week teacher boot camp and then into our most neediest schools, where they serve for two tears. Or the exact opposite of what we know to be best practices. Jacksonville has embraced them while cities like Tampa and Pittsburgh have rejected them preferring to hire people they can develop into life long educators.
Are these three really the best Florida has to offer? I don’t think so, in fact there are a half dozen teachers at my school alone who not only have they dedicated their lives to working with children and who have a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t but who have more relevant education experience than the three of them combined.