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The Truth About Teacher Certification In The U.S.

When I was younger, friends and acquaintances told me that I should consider becoming a teacher, because they saw that I related well with children.  And, beginning in the 1980s, I began hearing that schools were “begging” and “crying” for teachers.  However, as I was growing up, I hated school.  For that and other reasons, I didn’t begin to consider teaching as a profession until 1990.

I left high school in 1973.  Between 1973 and 1990, I went from job to job, with most of those jobs having to do with automobile repair.  I also stumbled into a B.S. in agriculture (soil science emphasis), with a minor in biology, and an A.A.S. in automobile technology.

In the 1980s, the State of Texas asked businessman H. Ross Perot to help to reform the education system in Texas.  One of the proposed reforms was intended to help people in other professions to “streamline” the process of becoming certified as teachers (partly by considering job experience as credit for some teaching courses, as applicable).  Apparently, many people who wished to change professions to teaching hesitated, because of all of the hours of classes required to become certified.  (Read More...)

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The Truth About The State Of Public Education

***The following letter is reproduced on The Truth by the original author, Jimmie Parr.  I think that you will find it very enlightening.***

Dear friends,

The reason for my concern about the topic of this letter is that I used to function as a substitute teacher, and once thought about becoming certified as a teacher.

A few weeks ago, a co-worker told me that he was concerned about whether his child was learning any English grammar in his/her 11th-grade English class. As I thought about what grammar lessons I had in high school, I remembered Mrs. Jenkins’ 10th-grade English class, at Robert E Lee High School, in Baytown, Texas (home of the famous Robert E. Lee Fighting Ganders). I remembered Mrs. Jenkins’ lessons about gerunds, participles, and infinitives. I wondered whether this co-worker’s child knows what a gerund is. And I wondered about whether other students know what gerunds, participles, and infinitives are. I have asked several local students (current and former students of Laker High School, and some 11th graders, (Read More...)

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