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Got a bachelor's degree? Get good grades in college? Congratulations, you're now eligible to teach in an Indiana middle or high school — no special teacher training, student teaching or experience necessary.

Yes, that's right.  Any incompetent buffoon who got a 3.0 in college and can pass a test can now be a teacher in Indiana.

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.

Some lowlights below.

Here's the basic summary:

The State Board of Education voted 9-2 Wednesday to change Indiana's teacher licensing rules by creating a new "adjunct teacher permit," allowing any bachelor's degree holder with a 3.0 grade point average — and who can pass a subject test — to immediately teach that subject in an Indiana classroom.

The adjunct permit creates a different route to the classroom than the traditional "practitioner" license, which requires training in child development, child psychology and how to run a classroom — along with student teaching and additional in-school internship requirements.

Of course, this doesn't cover Fine Arts, where all you have to do is pass the test.  However, as a member of the committee who evaluated the content of the upcoming tests in music, you do need to have some pretty in depth knowledge.  I'm just hoping the cutoff score isn't low.

And did the State Board of Education--all appointed by Mitch Daniels--listen to public comment?

Guess not.

Only one person, a [Outgoing Superintendent Tony] Bennett ally, spoke in favor of the plan Wednesday morning during more than two hours of public testimony in Indianapolis. More than 20 university professors, Hoosier teachers and parents told the state board that students will suffer under the new rules.

"Sending unprepared individuals into classrooms to learn to teach — on the backs of often our most needy students — is inappropriate," said Patricia Rogan, a dean of the School of Education at Indiana University.

Other speakers questioned why the rules were being rushed through in the final days of Bennett's term instead of allowing Democratic Superintendent-elect Glenda Ritz to participate in the process.

Michael Pettibone, a board member from Monroe, Ind., attempted to delay the new rules until a broader consensus was reached. His motion to table the rules did not get the required second from another board member.

Notice the highlighted portion.  Tony Bennett was so despised as Superintendent of Education that his loss was of epic proportions.  The winner, Democrat and teacher Glenda Ritz, garnered more total votes then even Mike Pence, who won the governor's race.  Which means that Ritz got a LOT of crossover votes--mainly from teachers.

And of course, the typical pablum from these people:

Prior to the successful final vote, Gary board member Tony Walker reminded the panel that local school corporations ultimately make all hiring decisions and can refuse to hire teachers who hold adjunct permits.
First of all, this person from the Gary board is making the statement because he's giving cover by having people point at him and say "See?  He's from Gary, which is Democrat (read Black)" even though he was a Daniels appointee.  

Second, do you think schools WON'T hire these people?  It's their opportunity to break the unions and pay these people Wal-Mart wages.  It will be for people with degrees who fail in life and so they go this route instead of working a McJob so they can be called "professional".  Schools everywhere would LOVE to get rid of their experienced teachers and hire these Wal-Mart teachers.

It's all part of the long game:  They let incompetent buffoons into the classrooms who can't make a lesson plan to save their lives.  But wait!  Look what the school will provide you with!  Pre-written lesson plans to a curriculum!  Just plug and play!  Naturally developed by only the best private corporations with the best interests of the student in mind.  Teaching only approved coursework in an approved manner without fear of stray independent thought poisoning those precious young minds.  All the while the corporations who will eventually take over the schools keep pocketing the taxpayer dollar.

Originally posted to zenbassoon on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:12 PM PST.

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  •  Seriously. I'd like these people's kids' schools (40+ / 0-)

    to hire some meth head off the street to teach THEIR kids and see how THEY like it.

    I'm halfway tempted to search for such things myself.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:10:32 PM PST

  •  THis sentence isn't making sense to me (5+ / 0-)

    "Tony Bennett was so despised as Superintendent of Education that he got more votes than the eventual winner in the governor's race--Mike Pence."

    Is this what you meant? I'm confused.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:23:31 PM PST

  •  frightening and discouraging (21+ / 0-)

    and one point you don't mention is that they will use the degradation of schools, resulting from lower quality teachers, as  another reason to privatize.

    Power to the Peaceful!

    by misterwade on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:30:10 PM PST

  •  How to kill public education is "in play" in all (9+ / 0-)

    the Great Lakes states...ALEC model legislation...AGAIN!

    Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

    by ranton on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:44:50 PM PST

  •  See, I Want To Be Careful Here (8+ / 0-)

    Maybe once I lost my job. I had a BA. MA, even taught college classes. I applied for a job teaching high school students in marketing, a thing I did for 15+ years, and was told I didn't have the qualifications.

    I am not saying teaching a class is easy. It isn't. But this is just fucked up.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:49:46 PM PST

    •  you did not have the qualifications (3+ / 0-)
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      zenbassoon, IndieGuy, War on Error

      public school teaching does, and must, have licensing procedures. Doesn't mean you won't make a fine teacher, but you need background in things that you are not prepared for. Child development, a teaching practicum in schools ( 5th graders and even 10th graders are not like college students ) and so on. The differences are vast. Still there are many states where you could teach provisionally, though I am in disagreement with that. Why? i was such a teacher; those who trained for the job were frankly better teachers, and that's what the stats show as well. Know what? If you taught college anatomy and physiology, you could not be an X ray tech on that alone; you'd have to get a license at a county college. Even having a degree in nuclear physics wouldn't suffice.By the way, a lot of people, including my laid off wife, are going back to county college even though they have advanced degrees in other fields, because that's where the training for most of today's jobs are. There are all sorts of implications to this, like the value of a 4 year degree when the jobs out there require an associates, and what that says about gatekeeping and so on. but that should be a diary in itself.

      •  I think I disagree with this. (1+ / 0-)
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        Certifications are not the answer.

        Teaching is more an art than a science, so there is no checklist of coursework or experience that will make a person a good teacher.

        Flattening out what is required for certification to teach need not kill quality. The burden for quality control has always fallen on the quality and character of each individual school community which is why it's so hard for inner city schools in struggling neighborhoods to be quality schools.  Hierarchy cannot save us. Community can.

        It is a rare teachers program that uniformly turns out teachers who are ready to manage a classroom and teach once they have a certificate in hand.  

        The best teachers have a gift.  Ideally all teachers would have this gift.  I'm not sure I know how to describe it, but I will try.  

        The best teachers have big hearts and love unconditionally.  

        They care about each student and can see through roles and masks to the individual in each student.  

        They are highly perceptive and intuitive, and observe human actions and behavior deeply and in fine detail as a natural part of their existence. -- This skill can be fine-tuned and honed through classroom experience and mentoring, but I'm not sure it can be developed to a sufficiently high level if it's not already there.

        The best teachers are independent thinkers and active learners who enjoy learning and exploring the world around them, so they have a wide breadth of connected knowledge as well as knowledge depth.  They are comfortable in their own skin, and are not afraid to say, "I don't know, but let's find out."

        They instinctively model the behaviors they want to see in their students. (This is another skill that can be fine-tuned and honed through classroom experience and mentoring, but if it's not already there to a significant extent I don't think it can become a  fluent part of a teacher's interface with student and classroom.)

        There's probably more than this, but all these things are key to being a really good teacher.  And in a really good teacher they are autonomic -- simply part of how that person is in the world.

        •  I don't think most of my relatives were (1+ / 0-)
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          what I would call a good teacher.

          They had the smarts, but not the gift.

          •  My Dad on the other hand (1+ / 0-)
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            never taught school or took an education class, but he was born teacher with the gift in spades.

            •  Why didn't he ever teach in school? (1+ / 0-)
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              He was an artist, and he got jobs in the commercial art field right out of out of school that paid triple what he would have gotten as a first year art teacher.

              Later on, when the marketplace shifted the relative pay so teaching would have been economically feasible -- getting credentialed was a hurdle he didn't want to deal with.

              •  If you don't want to deal with the hurdle (1+ / 0-)
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                then you shouldn't teach. Seriously, in no other profession is this allowed. Teaching will never be a profession until it is difficult to become one and there are serious hurdles to entry. That is in fact how other countries do it. Teaching is both art and science, just like medicine. A good teacher must still learn good techniques, like a good surgeon. The facts and the stats are clear; traditionally trained teachers from strong programs make better teachers. In fact, once you know what to look for, you can spot good teaching and quickly separate it  from someone who is merely good at entertaining children. i don't know whatkind of teacher your dad might have been, but he obviously didn't feel that the hurdle was worth going through. That's fine. But the hurdles are necessary; no other competitive country takes teacher training so lightly. It should be damn difficult to become a teacher, the pay should be much better, and teachers should be driving the discussion, not ALEC, the Business Round Table, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, or Michelle Rhee. Appreciate your input, and I think you are right about teacher qualities, but good teachingis also a skill and it can be taught.

  •  In addition to all that, expect to see far more (9+ / 0-)

    sadist/abusive teachers around. Now that there are no real standards how long do you think it will take for people who hate kids to get a job as a teacher just for that reason?

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:00:12 PM PST

  •  IN's certainly earning its recidivist Red State (8+ / 0-)

    credentials.  All they have to do to seal the deal forever is reduce teaching requirements to having passed the grade being taught.  Hell, maybe even that's too "elitist" - just require that teachers stay one chapter ahead of the students in the $5 textbook that doubles as a McDonald's menu.  Grade 9 graduation exam essay question: What do you do when a customer changes the size of their beverage order after you've punched it into the cash register?

    In Roviet Union, money spends YOU!

    by Troubadour on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:49:20 PM PST

  •  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.

  •  republicans don't like education much (5+ / 0-)

    and they really hate teachers

    Coming Attraction: "Tea Party II - now with more stupid!"

    by memofromturner on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 03:44:26 AM PST

    •  There's more heat than light here (1+ / 0-)
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      Republicans in Indiana don't hate teachers or education. Many of them are teachers.

      There are powerful interests at work here, and some profit motives don't line up with doing what is best for children, but  you can't hang that around the necks of all Republicans -- not in Indiana.  More than half the state is Republican or lean R.

  •  The ALEC agenda to get rid of public education. nt (5+ / 0-)
    •  Yes it is ALEC!!! (5+ / 0-)

      Bennett is a long time ALEC-er

      Other speakers questioned why the rules were being rushed through in the final days of Bennett's term instead of allowing Democratic Superintendent-elect Glenda Ritz to participate in the process.
      Because he probably promised ALEC he would get it done!

      Alternative Certification Act

      Teacher quality is crucial to the improvement of instruction and student performance. However, certification requirements that correspond to state approved education programs in most states prevent many individuals from entering the teaching profession. To obtain an education degree, students must often complete requirements in educational methods, theory, and style rather than in-depth study in a chosen subject area. Comprehensive alternative certification programs improve teacher quality by opening up the profession to well-educated, qualified, and mature individuals. States should enact alternative teacher certification programs to prepare persons with subject area expertise and life experience to become teachers through a demonstration of competency and a comprehensive mentoring program.

      The ALEC push to destroy public schools (and everything else public) is still around to benefit ALEC Profit Sector members - who can then hire any wino off the street with a college degree - pay them 30 cents an hour to educate kids online or in a for profit school.

      •  Just PUblished - On ALEC Connection (6+ / 0-)

        A report on Alternet (just posted minutes ago) about a teacher who infiltrated the ALEC Summit last week includes this paragraph:

        ALEC’s education task force, like all the others, is a mix of state-level elected officials (their so-called “public” members), as well as “private” members: lobbyists from for-profit companies, and lobbyists from corporate-funded think tanks. After greeting each other, Committee Chair and Iowa State Representative Greg Forristall called for some opening remarks from Indiana State Rep. Cindy Noe, who proceeded to tell the room about how wonderfully their new education policies were unfolding in Indiana.
        Yes - The American Legislative Exchange Council is right in the thick of it - destroying public Education in Indiana and across the US.
  •  as a former (5+ / 0-)

    homeschooler, I find this pretty awful.  It was a huge challenge to teach  my OWN kids, whom I knew and had a great deal of influence on and control over.  The idea of trying to deal with a classroom, with all that entails in terms of variety and challenges and difficulties and uncontrollable factors and unknowns - wow.  Knowing the subject matter is one small part of teaching....imparting it in a meaningful and individual way to a large group of diverse students is the "art" of teaching and that's quite a different matter.

    Justice For Will Will spent his brief, courageous life fighting for the rights we all take for granted. Please share his story to support the fight!

    by KibbutzAmiad on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:02:36 AM PST

  •  The whole point of a degree in education (4+ / 0-)

    is that knowing the subject matter is not enough to effectively communicate said subject matter.

    The GOP remains steadfastly opposed to the idea that expertise even exists.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 06:54:05 AM PST

    •  It's only a small change (1+ / 0-)
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      In Indiana under the old certification system that was current in the 1970's up to this last change,  to teach in Middle School or High School you got a degree in your subject, with additional coursework,  (I think about 20 hours) in Education.  plus practicum, and student teaching.  Then if you wanted,  after you had a teaching job for a few years, you'd go on to do a Masters Degree in Education.

      There have been ways to get hired on provisionally if your area of expertise was in a subject area where there was a teacher shortage -- lately it's mostly been math and science.

      Only 3 years of college is required to be a substitute teacher, but fully certified teachers get priority consideration.  When I was at Earlham a couple of my friends  who were Seniors when I was a Junior substitute taught on the days they didn't have classes.

      My Aunt, Uncle and Grandmother were all teachers and they all got Master's Degrees.  My Aunt and Uncle started teaching with BA's -- my Aunt in Math, my Uncle in English.  She went back to do a Master's of Library Science and became a school librarian.  He went on to do a Master's and eventually became a High School Principal.

      My Aunt started teaching math in Greenfield, Indiana in 1944  I'm not sure what the "education" portion of the requirements were then. My uncle got a BA in English on the GI Bill and would have started teaching in, 1949 or  thereabouts.  

      My Grandmother went to Indiana Normal School -- back before it became Indiana State University and did a teaching certificate. She began teaching  back when Kokomo still had 2-room schools.  She taught in one room and her older sister Jessie had the other one. I think the school was K-3. Kindergarten and 1st grade in one room and 2nd and 3rd in the other.

      My Grandfather finished high school at Indiana Normal because he was from a tiny farming community in southern Indiana with a 1-room schoolhouse, then  he did the teaching certificate and went on to do a law degree at Michigan State University.  He ended up deciding not to practice law.  He mostly taught instead -- at a high school in Kokomo, a high school in Louisville, Kentucky,  the Tuskegee Institute, the CCC, and Muscatatuck State School  where he was Superintendent.

      My grandmother learned to sign while they were at Muscatatuck, and later taught Home Economics at the Indiana School for the Deaf until she finished a Masters in Art Education which she started teaching Art at PIS in Indianapolis.  She retired from IPS when I was 6 or 7.

      The goal of teaching all children so they are all successful in school is a new one.  When my relatives taught  it was the subject that was taught, and efforts were made to reach out to all compliant children who showed learning aptitude in a subject area, but no effort was made to reach all children with the full curriculum.

      Dropping out of school was normative for more than half the population of Indiana when my grandparents began teaching. I'm not sure when staying in school to age 16 became the law in Indiana.  I'm thinking it was post-war. Maybe even post WW II.

      My uncle was in the middle of the effort to make education relevant to all students and he pushed to include robust vocational education and well as academic options in the high school.   His last few years in teaching were in Maryland at a vocational school. (I'm not sure if he was teaching, administrating, or both.)

  •  It was done to pave a way for private institutions (3+ / 0-)

    Because the public ones already have administrations which would prevent much of this buffoonery.

    Add this to the vouchers as an attempt to tear down public education.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 06:56:59 AM PST

  •  This is the Charter School model (1+ / 0-)
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    Who needs trained teachers when Sunday Schools don't have them?

    Mitt Romney rides off into the sunset in his Audi.

    by captainlaser on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:49:08 PM PST

  •  A few years back (1+ / 0-)
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    When I was thinking about teaching, I signed up to be a substitute teacher. Two school districts in my area had this policy for subs. I did some interviews and was approved (but took another job before I got into a classroom).

    Now that I'm getting my ed degree, I don't know how anyone would think this is a good idea. There's so much that you don't think about, things like test design or differentiation, until it comes up. Even when I get my first teaching job, I know I'll have a lot to learn, but I'll be glad I have some background.

    This is another example that the GOP does not value education and does not respect teachers. They don't have the first clue about what should go on in a school.

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