Professors David Otomoso Stovall and Josh Radinsky will be our guests on Friday’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers.
We haven’t had an episode of Hitting Left that addressed the issues of teaching and learning in a while, which is odd since we have been criticized for making education an obsession.
It is a big topic and we only have one hour a week on Chicago’s 105.5fm and live streaming on lumpenradio.com.
Professors David Otomoso Stovall and Josh Radinsky were part of a group of education researchers and academic activists that came together in 2015 and formed CReATE, the Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformtive Education.
CReATE was formed in advance of the Chicago Mayoral election when Rahm Emanuel was running as an education reformer in spite of his massive school closings in the African American community.
It is one of the ironies of Chicago politics that you can close schools and call yourself an education reformer at the same time.
One issue I have posted about is teacher certification and edTPA.
Recently Illinois state Senator Andy Manar – the same guy who brought us the recent mess of a state funding bill – has complained about teacher shortages downstate.
Yet neither the Senator nor the rest of the Illinois legislature have addressed the state requirement that teachers go through the terrible edTPA process administered by Pearson.
Back in 2015 I was quoted in Northwestern University’s Medill Reports:
Klonsky, the retired teacher, said edTPA “bypasses the important relationship between the mentee and mentor” in that it puts more emphasis on the teaching candidates’ test portfolio and single videotaped class instruction, rather than on the dynamic between the student teacher and his or her mentor, who has seen them in action during their student teaching.
“EdTPA says that relationship doesn’t matter,” Klonsky said. “What matters is someone taking a video of you. You send that video to someone who doesn’t know you, doesn’t know the classroom, doesn’t know the kids, and doesn’t know the context.”
Klonsky also said the proponents of edTPA have a vested interest in the test.
“They’re hucksters. They’re selling a program,” Klonsky said.
I plan to bring this up with our friends from CReATE.
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