The state board of education in Louisiana, the Board f Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is beyond parody.
Just when you think they have hit bottom, they come up with another outrageous idea.
BESE Is now talking about abolishing certification for teachers. They want to go back to the good old days when anyone could teach without any professional preparation.
A local school board president, Clarence (Sonny) Savoie said that BESE has no respect for teachers and no understanding of their work. He could not understand why other professions would need a certification process, but not teachers.
“I guess it never ceases to amaze me what comes out of BESE. We can certify doctors and public accountants and a lot of other professions, but we can’t certify public educators,” Savoie said. “I’m just wondering if anyone on BESE needs a brain surgeon because I’ve got an uncertified doctor I can send them to.”
Lest we forget: a lot of out-of-state millionaires and billionaires put up the money to elect these people to the state board. Is this what they wanted? Can a state with low achievement improve achievement by eliminating standards for teachers?