Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Gulen Charter School(?) Teachers without “Credentials”?
Here are two key concepts that they -the anti-Gulenites- promote in their articles and comments across the internet: hatred and discrimination. They are repeating the same things over and over again; that Concept managed schools, or what they call “Gulen charter schools, or Gulen-inspired schools” are importing teachers with” no credentials” from Turkey and other Turkic countries in Central Asia. So much so that those imaginary Gulen charter schools' teachers with no credentials (Turkish or Turkic) are replacing American teachers with credentials.
There are two things that need to be clarified here. First of all, to say that Concept managed schools, so called Gulen charter schools, i.e. Horizon and Nobel Academies hire Turkish/Turkic teachers automatically implies that there are no American teachers in these schools. This is absolutely false. There are not only American teachers in these schools (Gulen charter schools?), but also an American administrative staff. As we mentioned in one of the previous posts, there is only a ten percent Turkish/Turkic to American teacher ratio in Concept managed schools (10% Turkish/Turkic, 90% American). It is nonsense to ignore the existence of American teachers and other staff. Secondly, if these Turkish/Turkic teachers have no credentials, then how is it possible that the schools they are working in can be so successful, especially in Science and Math? It does not make sense at all. Let's quickly recap some of the accomplishments of Concept managed schools. As an American parent, I am well aware that since humility is always promoted in the Turkish culture, our Turkish teachers might be upset by being publicly praised. Yet, I see no harm to enumerate the accomplishments of these Turkish teachers with “no credentials”.
· 100 % college acceptance
· Bronze medal for outstanding achievement by US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
· National Distinguished Title I Award
· Accreditation through AdvancED, representing 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries
· Best Charter School for 2008
This success of "Gulen inspired schools?" is a product of the cooperation between Turkish and American teachers of Concept managed schools.
They do not only hate Turkish teachers, as human beings, but also their culture and language. They tell us that in Concept managed schools (Gulen charter schools?), Turkish culture and Turkish language are taught to American kids. Let's stop here for a second. There is one thing true in this statement. Yes, the Turkish language is taught in Concept managed schools (Gulen charter schools?). I have a hard time to understand what is wrong with learning a second or third language. To know a foreign language only enriches your life. Besides, it has a positive effect in increasing ones salary later in life. As a parent, I am not disturbed by my child learning another language, e.g. Turkish. In this case, the foreign language that we are talking about is Turkish, which is on the list by the US government that is recommended for American citizens to learn. Yes, Turkish is among the top ten critical languages that the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offer (www.clscholarship.org/
). Moreover, it provides grand opportunities for those who are willing to study any one of these languages. Now, since Turkish is among these ten languages, why shouldn’t Concept managed schools (Gulen charter schools?) offer it to their students who are interested?
There is still too much to say, but, let's finish with this. You guys cannot get anywhere by spreading discrimination and hatred. The American identity is comprised of multi-ethnic and religious identities. This is the very essence of this country. You should not forget the fact that your forefathers who migrated to America from different parts of the world were not “Americans” at the very beginning. True Americans do not approve of any kind of discrimination. American law prohibits segregation toward non-Americans.