Steve Sailer’s War on Nice White Lady Teachers has hit home.
Women and minorities having a tough go on teaching exams
Giant asteroid to end all life on Earth tomorrow; Women and minorities hardest hit.
The pool of prospective K-12 instructors is getting smaller in Missouri as large numbers of college students are failing the tests required to become teachers.
And while some argue that higher failure rates raise the bar for teacher quality in the long term, it’s feeding immediate concern of a shortage of women and minority instructors.
Women can’t be teachers anymore? Now that would be news. Or, it’s not news. Remember that the dictionary definition of “woman” is an adult female human being, while the political definition of “woman” is an adult female human being that votes except if she is white and married. In this case and context, “woman” means black woman. Remember, it’s Missouri, so blacks are the only non-white minority group that really has any political muscle.
The gender gap is problematic because the tests are cutting off the very people most driven to the profession. Women represent three-fourths of the nation’s teachers.
I suspect that white women aren’t having much of a problem with these tests.
The racial disparity also is troubling because, while classrooms are becoming more diverse, the pool of available teachers is not. Research shows that students generally perform better when they share a similar cultural background with their teachers.
And other research has shown the opposite. Of course, remember here that this doesn’t apply to whites, nobody is in a hurry to give white teachers to white students so that they can do better. This only really applies to NAMs, and in the case of Missouri, blacks. If black students do better with black teachers, it’s because black students with black teachers tend to occur in black schools, where there is also lots of grade and course title inflation, which standardized testing will expose.
The state’s position is that the exams are doing what they are supposed to do: ensure that only the most qualified candidates become teachers.
Isn’t that what neo-liberals and Waiting for Superman people and Davis Guggenheim want? Only grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat teachers? Cue Tony the Tiger: They’re grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!!!!!!
At the same time, the officials in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education say they are concerned that the exams could be discouraging diversity.
Don’t be too concerned, otherwise people are going to start noticing that there’s a necessary tradeoff between standards and blacks.
And many are pointing first to research suggesting that standardized tests often contain inherent biases, treating people as identical and not taking into account differences in race, culture, socioeconomic background and different learning styles.
Except these tests are probably gone over 50 million different ways to Sunday with a fine toothed comb to make sure they don’t have any bias. See below.
State officials counter that Missouri’s teacher exams have been vetted extensively and don’t contain any bias.
See what I mean? Really, though, what is meant by “bias” here is the good ole disparate impact doctrine, which SCOTUS just upheld for use in housing policy. Racial differences in scores and passing rates are used as implicit evidence of bias, even if there actually isn’t any bias.
“The question of why do certain groups score higher or lower is a bigger conversation,” said Paul Katnick, an assistant commissioner with Missouri’s department of education. “We need to continue to think about the root causes of the gaps, but we are confident that it’s not bias.”
It’s a bigger conversation that is never held because its contents are taboo, and because J. Phillipe Rushton and Charles Murray are non-persons.
I, too, am confident that it’s not bias. It’s the bell curve.
Of the tests required to teach in Missouri’s elementary schools, the state reported that 42 percent of white students passed all four of the tests at the same time compared with only 6 percent of black students.
If these tests are g-loaded, then I estimate that they are de facto IQ tests with around 105 as the cutoff line.
A better indicator of teacher quality is their level of grit, McBride said. The idea of grit as a determining factor of achievement is based on research from Stanford University that says self-control, resisting temptation and how well someone is able to persevere and fight through obstacles are more efficient indicators of success.
I think it’s entirely possible that this “grit” is important for teachers. But it’s not a perfect substitute for ability. Otherwise, they’ll have to show the John Wayne movie True Grit in ed school.
Laura Howe, a spokeswoman with Pearson, said the company worked hard to come up with tests specific to Missouri. Those tests were then scrutinized by a bias committee made of practicing teachers and faculty from teacher preparation programs who look for ambiguous language, culture-specific references and other forms of bias.
Like I said, 50 million different ways to Sunday.
Cuenca, who also serves on the Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation, said neither the state nor Pearson had provided enough information on the people who make up the bias committee, their backgrounds, their methods or how they were trained to spot bias.
The bias committee might be biased. Clever way to move the goalposts. I guess this means 50 million different ways to Sunday weren’t enough.
He also notes that a New York judge has already ruled that tests designed by Pearson in that state discriminated against minorities.
The Federal district courts for the southern district of New York are full of crackpot judges that love to whip out the disparate impact doctrine to declare everything from firefighter tests to teacher tests to prostate tests to the wrestler Test as being biased.
We all sound really stupid and we look really stupid chasing our tails and chasing illusory pots of gold because we can’t admit to simple truths.