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  •  An inexcusable breach of professional ethics (6+ / 0-)

    No person involved should ever teach again, and probably won't.  I don't know of any of my  colleagues who would disagree with that.

    I'm not familiar with the certification tests in the states involved, so I can't commment on their difficulty.  Like many professions they vary from state to state.  I don't agree with a common assertion on these posts that teacher certification is a rubber stamp process.  Whether or not a particular test is "easy" would depend, I suppose on the individual.  Here in Florida, the cerification process entails three tests:  The General Knowledge Test wish is basically a post college SAT; a Content Knowledge test which is similar to a GRE in your chosen field; and a Professional Educator's Test, which assesses knowledge of the craft, theories and methods, and interestingly enough, professional ethics.  None I would have called "easy" and all required training, preparation and prior knowledge.  Recertification is required every five years and involves a minimum of 120 hours of continuing education.  I don't know about Tennessee or Arkansas, but my certification is not insignificant.

    Always grateful to wake up alive.

    by Subo03 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 03:20:27 PM PST

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