Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Surprised? I don't think so.

When you can't teach serious subjects, you teach self-esteem.

Aspiring school teachersfail in math
Only 27 percent of the teachingcandidates pass
Updated: Tuesday, 19 May 2009, 7:46 AM EDTPublished : Tuesday, 19 May 2009, 7:41 AM EDT
Bruce Morin
MALDEN, Mass. (WPRI) - According to state education officials, nearly three-quarters of the people who took the state elementary school teacher’s licensing exam this year failed the new math section.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is releasing the results Tuesday. They say that only 27 percent of the more than 600 candidates who took the test passed. The test was administered in March of this year.
The teacher’s licensing exam tested potential teachers on their knowledge of elementary school mathematics. This included geometry, statistics, and probability.
Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester was not surprised by the results. He told the Boston Globe that these results indicate that many students are not receiving an adequate math education.
Tom Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents , says "The high failure rate puts a shining light on a deficiency in teacher-prep programs."

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