Thousands of teachers across Minnesota take the Basic Skills Test every year. They are required to pass it before they receive their license to teach. One lawmaker says about 20-percent of those teachers fail the exam. And now there’s a bill in the House that would repeal the Basic Skills Test as a requirement for a teaching license. Some critics of the exam say it unfairly keeps highly qualified teachers out of the classroom.
Seriously. How can an occupation that subjects people to routine tests to demonstrate mastery also claim that such tests on themselves are onerous? It’s as bad as when teachers, people who claim to be able to adjudicate mastery of such things as understanding of Shakespeare, claim that teachers can not be measured.
One of the best things I ever did was to decide to be a teacher. Additionally, one of the best things I ever did was leave teaching.