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Tim Slekar: Scott Walker Continues His Crusade to Eliminate the Teaching Profession; by Diane Ravitch

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“Future teachers need no student teaching experience, and can completely bypass traditional professional education, IN Wisconsin’; Scott Walker’s budget proposal dealing with teacher education PASSED  on a 12- 4 party line vote. To earn a teaching license through the American Board for Certification  of Teacher Excellence (ABCE), all you need is  $2100, &  a computer with web access!  This is truly “fast-track”  teacher certification. Who needs to work with kids or learn how to interact with other human beings? THIS is a totally online program that requires teachers to pass 2 online exams about subject matter knowledge and professional teaching knowledge. The ABCE was created by Kate Walsh, who also founded the National Council for Teacher Quality, whose purpose is to undermine teacher education programs.  'Trained' teachers leave in a few years, WHICH keeps salaries low.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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