Education

Overheard

March 01, 2002 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

“It’s fantasy legislation. They might as well say all teachers should have a Ph.D. in four years. It’s not going to happen.”

—Wayne Johnson, president of the California Teachers Association, on the requirement in the No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law in January, which mandates that all teachers be fully credentialed within four years.


“For a child to sit at a desk seven hours a day with no physical activity is unconscionable.”

—Diana Everett, a member of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, urging the state board of education to require daily exercise periods for K-6 students. Apparently, the testimony of Everett and others at a public hearing in January moved the board: It ruled that elementary schools must offer 30 minutes of phys ed a day, starting in the fall.


“It’s great exposure for the brand.”

—Travis Gonzolez, an Adidas America spokesperson, on his company’s donation of gear, including $95 shoes and $45 travel bags, to 100 high school teams this year.


“People with generalist teaching credentials can handle the arithmetic that gets taught in 3rd or 4th grade. But one needs much more sophisticated skills to teach algebra, calculus, and trigonometry, which are required in the 8th grade. We have so many teachers teaching higher-level math who are not math teachers that it borders on being irresponsible.”

—New York schools Chancellor Harold Levy, charging that poor middle school instruction is the main reason why 77 percent of the city’s 8th graders failed last year’s state math exam.

Events

Special Education Webinar Reading, Dyslexia, and Equity: Best Practices for Addressing a Threefold Challenge
Learn about proven strategies for instruction and intervention that support students with dyslexia.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
The Key to Better Learning: Indoor Air Quality
Learn about the importance of improved indoor air quality in schools, and how to pick the right solutions for educators, students, and staff.
Content provided by Delos
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Leading Systemic Redesign: Strategies from the Field
Learn how your school community can work together to redesign the school system, reengineer instruction, & co-author personalized learning.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: November 23, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: November 2, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 19, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 12, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read