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Thu Jan 28, 2016, 08:37 PM

Alabama schools now allowed to use non-certified teachers

Someone who is not a certified teacher can now teach your children in Alabama.

The State Board of Education approved a new category of educators called adjunct teachers.

The board says it is a way to solve the teacher shortage in Alabama for certain subjects.

An adjunct teacher is someone who has worked in a career field other than education, will work part time under a licensed teacher and has a high school diploma or equivalent.

Katy Bryan is a mother of two elementary school kids in Huntsville. In theory, under the new resolution, her kids could soon be taught by someone who does not have a state teaching certification. Bryan has some concerns with the idea.

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http://www.waaytv.com/appnews/alabama-schools-now-allowed-to-use-non-certified-teachers/article_4501c4b2-c3d3-11e5-bd33-8f8148c381aa.html

How about paying them well, giving them job security and not denigrating them?

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Reply Alabama schools now allowed to use non-certified teachers (Original post)
n2doc Jan 2016 OP
sinkingfeeling Jan 2016 #1
PatrickforO Jan 2016 #2
3catwoman3 Jan 2016 #3
Travis_0004 Jan 2016 #4
FBaggins Jan 2016 #5
eppur_se_muova Jan 2016 #6
FBaggins Jan 2016 #7
eppur_se_muova Jan 2016 #8

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2016, 08:42 PM

1. Adjunct teachers have been used in higher education for years.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2016, 08:57 PM

2. Wow. So...imagine what an interview might look like...

Fundy School Board Member (Big BM): Well, now...you ain't one o' them homa-secshuls, is ya?

Actually Qualified Teacher (QT): Uh...

Big BM: Well sit down.

QT: (sits)

Big BM: You are wearing a suit. You one o' those city slicker libruls?

QT: Well, I just earned my master's degree in physics and I'm really looking forward to getting in the classroom!

Big BM: Just a minute there college boy - you believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, right?

QT: Uh...not sure what to say...

Big BM: Well, how old is the earth then?

QT: The most current estimate is 4.543 billion years...

Big BM: No, college boy, the earth is 6,000 years old and that's straight from the Bible!

QT: (horrified expression, can only stare)

Big BM: Cause we don't want none of that liberal science in Alabama.

QT: Well...then there's really nothing more to say (stands and walks out)


Big BM farts loudly, adjusts his cammo pants and eyes his assault rifle sitting proudly in its gun case. He opens his top drawer, lovingly caresses his dog-eared Bible then pulls out a flask and takes a swig of 'shine.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 28, 2016, 09:13 PM

3. I could see it going...

...just that way.

Your abbreviation for Board Member seems quite apropos, BTW -

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2016, 09:25 PM

4. In sone cases this makes sense

 

Im a CPA, although I dont have a teaching liscense, I would think Im qualified to teach a high school accounting class.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 07:44 AM

5. Sounds like a good idea to me

As long as it's used to get capable people into the classroom and not a way to replace regular teachers with cheaper alternatives.

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 09:27 AM

6. i.e. as long as unicorns fart rainbows, why not ? nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 09:36 AM

7. Just to clarify, you're saying that you don't trust the administration not to use it to cut costs

You aren't saying that you can't find excellent teachers among former professionals who lack certification.

If so, I think it's a valid concern - but not new.

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 29, 2016, 09:47 AM

8. Quite so. Repugs have a death grip on AL state gov't, and keeping taxes low is a religion ...

no budget cut, for any program, is ever too severe to be considered. They'd "repurpose" sex offenders as teachers if they thought it would save money. And the current bunch seems to have it in for teachers in a multitude of ways -- links at http://www.democraticunderground.com/1008670

Criticism meant for our beyond-right-wing "Reps", not you. Sorry for any apparent collateral damage.

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