Letters to the Editor...
Hiring Non-certified people
Consideration of the use of non-certified
teachers to fill vacancies must first answer
this question: "What skills, knowledge or
capabilities should a teacher possess to be
successful in the classroom?"
Teaching is an incredibly complex process
because it involves complex humans, complex
communication, complex interaction, as well
as complex intellectual, emotional and
To reduce teaching to "knowledge of the
subject" or even the skills typically
taught in a "methods course" is on the face
of it absurd. When coupled with the context
in which teaching/learning occurs, it is
Whether teaching is an art or a science;
whether the pedagogical skills are more
important than the underlying beliefs and
theories; or, whether teacher training is
essential does not matter. What matters is
that we know teaching is a challenging,
complex demanding profession; that teachers
must possess many skills, understandings,
and procedures; that teaching involves
careful planning, precise execution, and
thousands of appropriate minute by minute
We have not done a very good job of
determining which certified teachers possess
these skills, so I am not sure how we expect
to determine it for non-teachers. But until
we find ways to do so, let us not perpetuate
the teacher shortage problem by continuing
the "error of our ways" as we attempt to
find solutions to the problem.
There are many other places to look and many
other ways find relief from the problems.
Now is the time for some creative solutions
rather than despiration solutions.
By Bill Page
Bill Page, firstname.lastname@example.org,
This month's letters:
Outside recruitment, 12/31/01, by Kay D..
Alternate Route Teachers, 12/31/01, by John Tuepker.
Teacher Shortages: Myth or Reality, 12/29/01, by Austin School Watch.
outside recruitment, 12/28/01, by Sharin Manes.
Non-Certified People, 12/28/01, by Robin.
outside hires, 12/27/01, by al.
Hiring non-certified people, 12/27/01, by Elaine Ossipov.
Hiring non-certified people, 12/27/01, by angela.
Hiring Non-certified people, 12/27/01, by Bill Page.
hiring non-certified people to fill vacant, 12/26/01, by Michele.
hiring non-certified people to fill vacant teaching position, 12/26/01, by Ann Reimer.
College students who want to take Adderol, 12/09/01, by Sue Ekstrom.