Readers: These 10 education policies need to go

9. Teacher licensing requirements

“If the applicant can pass the teacher license test and has a proven record in [his or her] field as an educator/trainer or mentor, then we should be bringing those people into the education field.” —Kathleen Isberg, Park Hill Elementary

8. Not requiring technology application classes

“I would like the state of Texas to require high school technology application classes be taken. It was changed two years ago from a required class to just an elective class. Students may be good at texting and other non-essential educational tasks, but [that doesn’t mean they know how to use applications for learning or productivity].” —Peggy Cook

7. Prohibiting the use of personal technologies or web pages

“I wish we could BYOD [Bring Your Own Device], because our equipment is so outdated. Teachers and students are not allowed to use their own equipment on our network. Schools should be allowed to make their own policies. The Kentucky Department of Education blocks things like Gmail. But the University of Kentucky, the most prominent school in our state, is using Gmail for their students. It’s just crazy some of the blocks they impose.” —Debbie Biddle

“One policy that I would like to see changed in my district is to allow teachers to have their own web pages on our school website. The school policy is not to allow any individual web pages on the school website. As a school librarian, I am not allowed to have a library web page. My job is to get information to students and staff, and I feel that a library web presence would expose those who don’t come into the library often to information they can use. Also, many of our younger staff members and I are very tech-savvy, and we can share our knowledge of technology with students to a much greater degree.” —Rita Foran, librarian, RTS Middle School, Conklin, N.Y.

Meris Stansbury

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