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  •  Have to laugh (8+ / 0-)
    It's even worse for Fine Arts--all they have to do is pass a test.  Which means any crackhead who can play a few chords on guitar can pass a test and become YOUR child's music teacher.
    I had an MA in art and was given a waiver to teach high school after a two week training session. O.M.G. By the end of the year I had taught sufficient art that I felt quite proud and they gave me good reviews and asked me back, but teaching 16 year olds who have multiple problems alongside Polly Creamcheese cheerleaders who are trying to instigate them to impress their jock boyfriend at the other table was entirely too much. Education majors get a heads up on this kind of thing, and the teachers who stick it out year to year deserve a medal and salary good enough to send them to the riviera for some R&R every summer. Personally, I went back to adjunct teaching at the university. Sooooo relaxing.
    People who think any old person can teach school are the real crackheads.

    "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

    by northsylvania on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 01:49:21 AM PST

    •  yeah see my post above, I found out the hard way (5+ / 0-)

      too; i thought being a journalist was enough to teach high school, and so did NJ under republican Tom kean. I stuck it out but eventually went into social work. There is no alternate route for a social workers in NJ; if you want to do therapy as a social worker, you need an MSW. Schools still have an old law on the books, where a BSW or someone with credit in school social work can work in schools, but virtually no one will hire them,as the state decreed an MSW qualified you for school certification. Interestingly, a PhD in psychology cannot do counseling in public schools; you must be certified as a school psychologist, which requires somewhat different training. But apparently you can teach just by getting a degree of some sort and getting a B average. Sweet.

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