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personal view on Cal. credentialing...

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Bunki Kramer (bkramer.us)
Wed, 26 Nov 1997 12:18:31 -0700

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Hi, Gary (and other CA sprout eaters)..............

>San Francisco State University offers a BA and MA in Interdisciplinary
>Arts, but there is no California teaching credential in it.

Read your posting to Lorena. Having knowledge of Cal. teaching makes me assume
(ahhh, that word again) you live in the area of SF or nearby. Where? I'm
from Danville...just right of Walnut Creek on the map. Never heard of the
Interdisciplinary Arts at SFS and I find that scares me no end....way
SCAREY!

When I came back into teaching at the middle school level, I found several
of the teachers on the faculty who'd had a hand, at some time, as the "art
teacher" moaning. It was kind of a "I wonder who going to teach it THIS
year?" approach which, when I took it on as a specialist, I started from
"scratch". The program was close-to-nowhere and they could only find enough
kids....out of 1100...to fill two classes worth. Slowly we went from 2, 3,
4...to 6 full classes in two years. All those wasted former years. I mourn
for those earlier students.

Drama is still being taught by an English teacher, a drama major is
teaching all French, and the music is taught by a music teacher who also
teaches two period of English. We won't even get into the math department.
But....at least now they've got the "art" right. Ahhhhhhhh...golden
California where anything can happen.

California...also...has made great strides in bringing our 1-3rd grade
classrooms down to a much smaller, managable (20) size by hiring anyone who
can walk and talk at the same time with no credentials. Once again the
sunny state has goofed but at least it's trying to pare down the class
sizes.

Hummmm. It must be all this rain we're having this morning, I guess. Didn't
mean to be so un-chipper. Forgive me. I L-O-V-E California. Wouldn't want
to be ANYWHERE else! Now, if I were running this
state......................

Cya...............

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


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