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Scott Walker Hammers Another Nail Into Education's Coffin

If you're not going to have real schools, you don't need real teachers.
Scott Walker Hammers Another Nail Into Education's Coffin

Last week, Wisconsin Republicans came out with the bright idea that if public schools aren't meeting their standards, those schools should be forced to become private voucher schools.

As Scott Walker is trying to get some attention in his presidential bid, he's laying out parts of his platform in the upcoming state budget. One of his agenda items is to allow just about anyone to teach:

Anyone with “real-life experience” and a bachelor’s degree would be able to get a teaching license in any subject as long as they pass a test proving they are knowledgeable, under a budget provision Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday.

The proposal would expand the non-traditional routes available to become licensed without an education degree. But many details weren’t disclosed Thursday, including whether it would call for any preparation for teaching, which is required in many of the current ways to get a teaching license without attending an education school.

Under Walker’s proposal, people with experience in fields they intend to teach could get licenses as long as they have a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate “that he or she is proficient in the subject or subjects that he or she intends to teach,” according to Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick.

Walker must figure that if we aren't going to have real schools, we don't need to have real teachers. Obviously, if the teachers aren't really teachers, the voucher school doesn't have to pay them as much and the voucher school owner can increase their profit margin.

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