by H Mac Wooten
Albert Einstein was Not qualified to teach high school physics.
Part of this Blog is an exert from an article by Charles Wheelan , who teaches public policy at Dartmouth and the University of Chicago. Mr Wheelan has studied flaws of the licensing system for years, mostly out of academic interest. It became personal, however, when his wife attempted a mid-career switch into a licensed teaching profession.
Strict licensing laws can end up excluding some really excellent service providers from a profession. I had always used the hypothetical example that when Albert Einstein retired to Princeton, New Jersey, he would have been legally barred from teaching high school physics (because he lacked courses in first-aid, among other things).
Charles’s wife Leah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth. She was a computer science major with an emphasis on math. She worked in the software industry, built a company, and then sold it. She seemed, in every respect, perfectly qualified to teach middle-school math.
She found a job at a school adjacent to a public housing project on Chicago’s South Side. On about day three of that job—after she had met the students, decorated the classroom, and started teaching—the principal informed Leah that she did not have a “middle-school math endorsement,” which the State of Illinois requires. Leah had to give up the job and spend the year teaching third grade. The next year, she obtained her middle school math endorsement and quickly found a job teaching algebra. Until Leah was informed that she did not possess an algebra endorsement. Another school year would have to go before she would be “algebra ready.”
Teach a Teacher welcomes certified, experienced teachers for our Volunteer program. HOWEVER …… If you have just embarked on a teaching career, if you have just completed a teaching degree, if you believe you possess such skills as would be useful to our program and are interested in Volunteering, LET’S TALK! We understand that there are many professionals outside of the teaching field who have invaluable experience and knowledge to share. We are looking for individuals who demonstrate a desire to help others learn. You may not be an Einstein, but you may have exactly what we’re looking for. We haven’t determined … at this time … IF First Aid will be one of the requirements for the Volunteers 🙂
Buddhist teach that Knowledge and Understanding are different. When you climb a ladder, unless you abandon the lower step, you cannot climb to a higher step. If you are unable to let go of your knowledge (what you already KNOW) you cannot get to a higher knowledge.
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