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Re: the value of certification?

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Roseau (mikelr)
Thu, 22 Oct 1998 18:09:53 -0500

>> 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

I am sorry if I came on too strong - I am often a little crabby and tend to
speak in overbroad generalizations. I meant no offense - a good art teacher
can have a powerful influence on a child's interests.

Have to run, but I hope I can be better behaved in future conversations.


Mike Reed