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  •  Paying a ringer to take (9+ / 0-)

    your PE certification exam??  Really??  And you're a former professional athlete??

    Wow.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:42:31 PM PST

    •  Actually that's kind of the point... (6+ / 0-)

      It takes more knowledge and training to be a good PE teacher than just "I played on a sports team."  But teaching is widely perceived as an "easy" job since everybody's been in school and "knows" how it works.  Not so much in real life.

      •  Praxis is a low bar to clear (5+ / 0-)
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        I just took a stab at the sample questions for Health and PE.  23 correct out of 24.  I have no damn idea how to be a PE teacher, but I know how to take formulaic, multiple choice exams.

        Having done the full exams for stereotypical "hard" subjects, physics and math, they're really the same.  All it takes is some minimal knowledge of the subject, a little common sense, and experience with the joys of ETS testing.  These things test how well you test, which should not be a terribly surprising phenomenon.

    •  Not good at tests? (0+ / 0-)

      Sports stars have lived in a different version of reality from most of us. Maybe this guy has no self-confidence about taking tests.

      But the NFL guy could be an excellent PE teacher. He starts off, well, as a star. The parents are wowed. The kids therefore are wowed. So the kids adore him, they respect him, they glow when he compliments them, they strive to make him like them back. That's a damn good start right there, compared to the cold book learning that I would bring to the PE class.

      I'm proud to think that the pro footballer wanted to be a teacher. I hope he survives this shitstorm.

      Hey, I'm glad to hear that some small town school system still has PE teachers. The schoolboard maybe would have cut the program by now except that they have a star on their faculty.

    •  Exactly. This brings up the cruel, old joke by (0+ / 0-)

      Woody Allen:

      People who can't do, teach.  And people who can't teach, teach PE.

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