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As a person who is dedicated to lifelong learning, I am not one to discourage
anyone from returning to school. However, I believe that it is highly
unrealistic to anticipate that taking education or art education courses will
improve anyone's classroom skills unless one is able to transfer theory to
While taking college courses can broaden one's understanding of educational
theory, it is probably unreasonable to expect to learn much about practice.
In all my graduate work I cannot recall a single instructor who had more than
one year of actual public school experience. How can we expect that
theorists can or will teach practice? It's impossible to teach what you do
My suggestion to anyone desiring a graduate degree is to go for it, but be
realistic in your expectations of what will happen. You'll have to use your
own classroom to translate mounds of theory into useful practice. Watch
master teachers (e.g., those people you teach with) to gain insight into
better teaching strategies.
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