From Linda Aschenbach
This is a chilling letter that was forwarded to us by a teacher who received it at a recent Education Teachers' Summit (not in Minnesota). It is brazen in profiling teacher applicants for beliefs, attitudes,and values, even before professional credentials are considered.
This form letter was developed by the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, Washington and the text of the letter follows. The teacher was told that it actually has been delivered to at least one individual.
The question, of course, is this: Who is it who is to determine what are the acceptable beliefs and attitudes and values of our teachers? The U.S. Department of Labor? The federal bureaucrats? Those who keep talking about "local control?" Is this where "diversity" takes us?
Is this freedom?
This letter is the natural next step from requiring that students may not graduate without the appropriate and acceptable beliefs, attitudes and values (the Profile of Learning). In fact, the substance of the new Teacher Licensing Requirements in Minnesota is the acceptance of a worldview, beliefs, attitudes and values, as opposed to knowledge.
June 4, 1999
instrument was developed by the Gallup Organization using the Uniform Guidelines
on Employee Selection Procedures from the U.S. Department of Labor. This
tool allows us to identify those who would be most successful in our school
of that, re-interviews are not productive until enough time has passed for
experience to have effected change. You may re-apply for teaching positions
with our District after two full years have elapsed from your initial interview
date and be re-interviewed at that time. We wish you the very best in your
professional pursuits and aspirations.