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> From: Maggie White <mwhite>
> To: artsednet.edu
> Subject: Re: the value of certification?
> Date: Friday, October 23, 1998 12:38 AM
> Sandra Hildreth wrote:
> > 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.
> Sandy echoed my sentiments. I won't spend my budget on an
> of this very thing. The ones I've seen tend to be very wrapped up in the
> little commentary or explanation to the kids. Remember the old saw,
"Those who can, do;
> those who can't, teach."? Well, those who "can" (as in professional
> often teach!
> > 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
> > gone through any kind of certification program. Some become excellent
> > teachers; some just remain subject area experts.
> My grad school alma mater, which shall remain nameless (hint: there's a
bunch of their
> students on the list these days), stuck the Art Ed dept. in the basement
of a building
> separate from the rest of the Art dept. At one point while I was there,
> faculty was beginning to realize that many of the studio graduate
students weren't very
> effective as teachers in the undergrad studio classes. They promptly
> researching ways and holding seminars to correct this, never bothering to
ask the Art Ed
> faculty for help. Essentially they were re-inventing the wheel--they'd
> EDUCATION! Though I'm sure they would never have called it that.