In about the strangest twist of education-related news, the Arizona Department of Education has announced they'll be auditing English classrooms to check on teachers. Nothing weird there, except that they're specifically targeting teachers who don't speak English fluently, have poor grammar, or simply have an accent.
Ok... I get the first two, but what the hell does an accent have to do with teaching? Let's see if Tom Horne, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction can explain what accents have to do with teaching English:
As you expect science teachers to know science, math teachers to know math, you expect a teacher who is teaching the kids English to know English.
All right. I agree with you there, Mr. Horne. English teachers should know English. I'm not hearing any reasoning about accents, though. Oh wait, there's more!
It's my jobs to make sure they're taught English in the most rigorous, possible way so they can learn English quickly, can compete with their peers, and succeed academically.
I'm sorry, did he say It's my jobs...? And he's wanting to kick English teachers out of their positions for bad grammar? "[Most] rigorous, possible way..." I... He.... But....
Now, I'm seriously asking here: what does someone's accent have to do with their teaching prowess? I'm legitimately interested in hearing the answer to this. Really. Anyone...? Anyone at all...
Love and Lyte,