In a message dated 8/4/01 9:45:26 AM US Mountain Standard Time,
> Unfortunately the sub problem is so critical that many states are resorting
> to such methods just to have a body.
Where we are in El Paso, there is a terrible shortage of subs. I don't
believe a sub has to have any college credit here. The pay is $45 - $60 /
day. We too are told to try not be out of Fridays or Mondays. I try to call
in a sub as far in advance as I can and I have certain ones I ask for.
However, they are not art people, or college people, but older folks who I
have found to be dependable. My lesson plan is always something simple and I
try to assign students ahead of time to oversee clean-up, etc. I don't see
this getting any better.
Also, I heard on the news the other day that some states are contacting
community colleges to work out a deal where graduates with an Associate
Degree can be quickly certified to teach. I was shocked!! I can't remember
which states. I think Florida might have been one. Have any of you heard
Laura Bush wants retired military to become teachers. What kind of
requirements are they going to need to meet? I am really concerned that there
is such a great need for just a "warm body" that they will not be qualified
I know when I finished my program in art education, I had gaps. We all know
what some of those are, but for the most part, I knew my field and felt
confident to teach it.
Another concern: Increasing starting salaries for teachers and sign on
bonuses are becoming more common. This means the larger part of the teacher
raise is going to beginning teachers who stay 2-3 years while the older
teachers get less. How can we as teachers demand that future teachers have a
strong program which prepares them for all aspects of the job as well as and
most importantly a complete knowledge of their subject matter. Is this going
to dissapear just to have a warm body in the classroom. How can concerned
teachers bring these issues to the foreground of these discussions on ways to
get more teachers?
Teresa in El Paso