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Re: the value of certification?

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 22:55:59 -0400

> My observation is that certification is relatively meaningless. What counts
> is the instructor's ability and his capacity to connect with students.
> There are no objective standards for art, anyway, so certification is in
> itself somewhat arbitrary. I would even say that many lousy teachers hide
> behind their certification.

I am just reading Monday's email, but I have a feeling the above
statement is going to rub a lot of people the wrong way. One could be an
extremely talented artist, knowledgeable and skillful in many
techniques, with a strong art history background - and be lousy at
"teaching". Or, one could be a skillful motivational speaker and great
at managing groups of children - but have such a weak art background
that virtually no learning takes place about art. The process of
certification certainly does not guarantee a successful teacher, but
those of us involved in teacher education programs do at least make a
serious effort at it. As far as the comment about an ineffective
university professor in the seventies, remember please that people who
teach at the university level usually have subject area degrees, not
education degrees. Many have not taken any methods courses, and have not
gone through any kind of certification program. Some become excellent
teachers; some just remain subject area experts.

Sandra Hildreth
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