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Jimmy Bonds
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I am currently a student and work part time at CompUSA,(your computer super store ).
I had a discussion the other day with one of my co-workers who had just graduated with a degree in computer science. I asked her what her plans were and she responded that she wants to get her CCNA & A+ certs. In the meantime, while she studies for the certs., she proceeded to tell me, and I qoute, "I'm just going to get a Bullsh*t job teaching math or somethin'. I'll just take the new test to get qualified."
It just bothered me to know that she thinks of teaching kids is a "Bull" job. I think that teaching, especially kids, is one of the most important jobs anyone can have. That has lead me to think that since this new method of getting teachers qualified online that now there will be people like my co-worker all over the place. "Heh, just pay $200(or whatever) and I can teach! oh boy!" I just think that if you want to become a teacher they should do it because they want to do it and that they enjoy it.
Not because its just a temparary fix to make some quick $$$.
The education system is starting to get flushed down the toilet.
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ersin eser
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The education system is starting to get flushed down the toilet

it has been ...
Cindy Glass
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First that I have heard about getting teachers qualified online. Somehow I don't think that that will be sufficient to get a State License though.
Where are you from?


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Nanjangud Nanjundaiah
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Yep, it's a bad scene, not just in the US, but even in India. And this happens at the university level too. Someone who has a Bachelors/Masters degree, say in Computer Science, for some reason cannot find a programming job, guess what his/her option is: become a lecturer in a local college.
That's fine, but when the lecturer doesn't have the motivation to impart knowledge, it's a great loss for the students.
Also some of these people wouldn't have the knack of teaching well; I feel it's an innate talent - quite tough to learn. You first need inner power, to get the class' attention, keep them focussed, and make a clear presentation. Communication skills, ability to inspire the students, and get them involved in the class by cleverly leading them onto ask questions... all this is important.
I have been lucky to have had some great teachers, in school and university. Even today, when I think about them, I am filled with awe and respect, and love. They have inspired me; and will continue to. (I have a great teacher at home too: my mom was a high school teacher for 31 years... teaching English and Social Studies )

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Jimmy Bonds
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Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
First that I have heard about getting teachers qualified online. Somehow I don't think that that will be sufficient to get a State License though.
Where are you from?

Sorry, I was mistaken. The program is not a program that you can complete online. It is a 4 week crash course. You can read about it here: http://www.newschannel9.com/vnews//988323459/?keywords=teaching:certificates
Originally posted by Nanjangud Nanjundaiah:
That's fine, but when the lecturer doesn't have the motivation to impart knowledge, it's a great loss for the students.
Also some of these people wouldn't have the knack of teaching well; I feel it's an innate talent - quite tough to learn. You first need inner power, to get the class' attention, keep them focussed, and make a clear presentation. Communication skills, ability to inspire the students, and get them involved in the class by cleverly leading them onto ask questions... all this is important.

I could agree with you more Nanjangud. Anyone can become a teacher, but not everyone can become a great teacher.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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