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To Diane on "Who is responsible?"....

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Bunki Kramer (bkramer.us)
Fri, 9 Jan 1998 19:28:31 -0700


Hi, Diane.....

I understand what you are trying to say. Yes, I think the community at
large plus the local school in which the student teacher does their
teaching assignment has a stong influence on educating the teacher
candidate. However, when you post your question....Who is responsible for
educating the art teacher?...I must disagree with your statement that the
community is "responsible". I think the word you meant might be
"influence". There are many areas that influence the making of a teacher.

But...the university is charged with the "responsibility". The university
choses the professors and curriculum the student must follow and they
collect a large, very large fee for this service. The university must
counsel the art major, teach the selected curriculum, test this student for
acquired knowledge, select mentor teachers for student teaching, observe
the quality of their teaching abililty, decide a grade for the student's 4
years, and provide for the state an agreement that they have educated this
student to the best of their ability. It is also the student's
responsibility to learn all that is possible in their university
environment. It is NOT the community's responsibility.

The community may exert "influence" on this now-prepared teacher but does
so on its own whim, at its own time, and in its own way...but not because
it has a responsibility.

Because the state charges the university for preparing the teacher and
accepts it word that it has done so adequately, then the "responsibility"
lies within the university and with its faculty that this student is
qualified. To put it elsewhere decries it's meaning.

NOW...it is up to the newly prepared teacher to take advantage of community
resourses and follow their own course of ongoing self-education that
should, hopefully, never cease. Here lies community influence.

And....herein lies our thread of discussion.

Hope this is clear"er" than mud. Cya......................

Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
Danville, California 94526
bkramer.ca.us