Why isn’t a diploma enough?

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As I sat in the teacher’s lounge today, I heard my colleagues complaining about the annoying certification process they had to go through. I agreed with them. Mine consisted of silly things like:

  • taking a basic skills test (which I had to do to get into college anyway)
  • completing an annoying pilot program (which was one of the worst-assembled things I’ve every experienced)
  • taking a teaching practices and content area exam
  • a nice, hefty fee

To me, this is just another tax that fuels a pretty messed up system.

Accreditation

It’s my understanding that universities with teacher education programs must undergo accreditation by the Department of Education. In short, they’re making sure that whatever the university is teaching will make good teachers. If that’s true, then why isn’t a diploma from one of these institutions enough to get a teaching job? The only thing I can think of is the background checks that go with it….but wait…don’t schools do that when you get hired anyway?

Why isn’t a diploma from one of these institutions enough to get a teaching job?

The Solution

Redundancies permeate education. It drives me crazy to think that, across the nation, there are countless people working in county-level offices of education while school district administrators are doing the same job. Imagine the money we could save without redundancies like licensure and certification. We could open new schools and fund better programs for our kids.  Let’s can licensure and certification programs and let teachers be the professionals that they’ve trained to be

Let’s can licensure and certification programs and let teachers be the professionals that they’ve trained to be

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5 thoughts on “Why isn’t a diploma enough?

  1. What an interesting idea! I am not fully against some type of certification test (they have them in most professional programs, even after the diploma. Nursing, psychology, speech pathology, etc). But the question of the millions of redundancies in education is a really great one.

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