You need to read this post by Mike Deshotels. One of the reasons John White is handing student data over to private, unaccountable vendors is to make it easy for them to enroll you kids in terrible virtual courses, taught by uncertified teachers, on the state’s/your dime. Not only are these often classes taught by uncertified “teachers” recruited from Craigslist, but school districts have no choice in the matter of awarding students credit for these courses.
This is especially bad for the following reasons:
- Student performance is tied to teacher performance. If a student takes a Course Choice class in Algebra I and passes, but without learning anything, and then reports to another real teacher’s class for a higher math class, that teacher will get a horrible score and face possible termination.
- School and district closures and takeovers are tied to student performance. If a significant number of students take these crap courses to get easy credits, then take the tests used to determine SPS scores (School Performance Scores) they will do terrible. That’s a guarantee. This will mean school districts will be taken over and away from those parents and kids that did not participate in “Course Choice” and handed over to for profit companies, without any accountability or oversight. Course Choice is a way to accelerate school takeovers by trashing school performance.
- If significant numbers of students take these substandard courses, you can forget about students from Louisiana getting fair treatment when it comes to applying for colleges or jobs after high school. Once the ill prepared kids reach the job market Louisiana’s reputation, such that it is already, will plummet even more. A diploma from Louisiana will be little better than a piece of used toilet paper. We might as well just start awarding diploma’s online for a 99 dollar fee when kids are born. They will carry as much weight as the actual ones.
Course Choice: What a steal. Get Yours Today!!!!!