Last month, The Nation cited “Will A ‘Bar’ Exam for Teachers Improve Student Performance?” at the top of its list of “favorite” articles, a list compiled by the magazine’s interns. The article was originally published in Gotham Gazette on January 13, 2013. It was also picked up by alternet.org on January 16, 2013.
The Nation wrote:
Over the last two months publications including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Good magazine, and this week National Public Radio have reported on American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten’s call for a “bar exam” for teachers. Most news reports have said little about concerns from some educators that such an exam would bar teachers of color from the classroom. The Gotham Gazette quotes Harlem middle school teacher Chrystina Russell*, “The only thing I’m certain a bar exam will do is keep out minorities.”
* Note: The Nation misidentified Russell as a teacher; she is the principal of Global Tech Prep, a middle school in Harlem.