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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Representative Janet Adkins, those who can teach, those who can’t pass laws about teaching

The Chutzpah of our elected officials is mind numbing. Mrs. Adkins who as far as I can tell has never been a teacher told teachers, experts in their fields that their ideas were off the table, that they were not even worth considering.

From the Orlando Sentinel:
Many educators feared the new requirements would make it harder for some students to graduate
, and some told Adkins’ committee they welcomed the discussion about other options.
“Every boy and girl will not be able to attain these high standards of a college preparatory diploma,” said Dan Boyd, superintendent of Alachua County schools, one of several administrators who spoke in favor of some changes to the current situation. “The thing that just appalled me is where we are heading…we’re going to deny a significant proportion of boys and girls a high school diploma.”
Some suggested the state consider more “equivalent courses” that might provide most of the same content but in ways that related to a particular field, whether it was engineering or nursing. Others suggested different types of diplomas –but Adkins said later that suggestion wasn’t on the table.
Mrs. Adkins obviously doesn’t understand that we can’t continue to force every student into a one size fits all curriculum and then wonder why some don’t make it. She is part of the problem!

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