In the late 1990s there was a news story about how a majority of prospective teachers in Massachusetts failed the basic math and grammar portions of the Teacher Licensing Exam. Both portions of the test were geared for 5thgraders! The governor of Mass at that time called the failed exam takers “Idiots” and when the Teachers’ Union suggested lowering the standards for teachers, he and the state legislature hit the roof – with good reason. Sadly, in 2018, hundreds of such pre-teachers in North Carolina failed the basic math exam for licensing as well. These two states are not isolated examples. Thousands across the nation fail similar basic exams.
Most homeschooling families have heard the criticism leveled at homeschoolers by the teachers’ unions and administrators that parents are not trained professionals and therefore cannot perform at the high levels of classroom teachers, but when it comes to holding their own members to such high standards, and they fail to perform at basic grade school levels in exams, they suggest lowering the standards to make it easier for prospective teachers to realize their goals – at the children’s expense.
The only training that classroom teachers need that parents do not require is crowd control. The next time someone asks you “Are you qualified to teach your own children?” Inform them of the failed exams by pre-teachers.