It’s not just SAT scores that are on the decline, they are only one symptom of the big problems in education

For years I’ve received those emails that go around with the misuse of the English language in notes our parents are getting from their children’s teachers. There have been many and errors are more and more egregious.

Yesterday Gateway Pundit reported on one of the reasons.  It is really very obvious but what isn’t obvious is that the solution is being fought so strongly.

Obama DOJ Takes Action… Moves in to Protect Teachers With Unacceptable English Skills
by Jim Hoft

[…]The Obama Department of Justice moved in this week to protect teachers with unacceptable English skills.
Judicial Watch reported:

Public school teachers with unacceptable English pronunciation and grammar are being protected by the Obama Administration, which has forced one state to eliminate a fluency monitoring program created to comply with a 2002 federal education law.

Singling out teachers who can’t speak proper English in American schools—funded by taxpayers, no less—discriminates against Hispanics and others who are not native English speakers, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result it violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the teachers must remain in their current position.

Unbelievable as this may seem, it’s a true story reported this week by Arizona’s largest newspaper. Ironically, the state launched the fluency monitoring program to comply with the bipartisan-backed No Child Left Behind Act, which requires states to create standardized tests that show public school students are reaching proficiency in core subjects like English, math and science.

With only a small proportion of low-English proficiency students (reading between the lines they are referring to illegal immigrants) passing the state’s standardized reading test, Arizona education officials started to look at the teachers in those classrooms. They found a common thread in dozens of districts throughout the state; many instructors don’t speak proper English and, in fact, teach in Spanish, using Spanish-language materials. Some have “unacceptably heavy accents” that causes them to mispronounce words. Others use poor English grammar.

Well, we knew that poor grammar part. We knew many groups do not like the No Child Left Behind Act for a number of reasons. But this is a biggy, this is always looking out for the teacher while not looking out for the child. Whatever happened to “it’s for the children?”  Shameful.

Read it all here.

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