Good question! The responeses so far are true, that each state has its own
requirements, but I wanted to add on to that response. My situation is not
really applicable to the "state of our educational system".
actually a teacher in a Catholic school, which does not necessarily follow the
requirements of the state. We have a lot of wonderful Catholic schools in the
United States, and in my area, we happen to have many schools for families of
many different incomes. It has been a long tradition of academic excellence
while being in a faith community as well.
Traditionally, these schools
in the past were taught all by members of the religious (e.g. nuns), who did
not get paid for what they did, so they of course did not have to be
certified. Now there are hardly any nuns teaching in Catholic schools, but
people (MANY of whom are certified) who want to teach in a faith-centered
environment and are willing to sacrifice a much bigger paycheck to do
It also depends on the diocese where you are teaching. Some still
require all teachers to be certified, but mine happens to allow us to start
teaching and then start the certification process within 6 months of starting.
The parents know this and they are stll paying for their children to be
educated in a Catholic school.
This system does mean that sometimes
there are incompetent teachers, but that's true of any school. I grew up in
Catholic schools myself and I had WONDERFUL teachers who did not happen to
start out certified, and terrible teachers who were certified. Now my school
is helping me pay for a Master's degree in Education, which I am starting
right away. I do have an art degree and some experience teaching an
after-school art program in a school, which does not necessarily mean I will
be an incompetent teacher, it just means I have to learn fast and work extra
hard, ha ha!
--- In art_education@ yahoogroups. com
"Brandy" <bergiemoore@ ...> wrote:
> In the US, we are
a confederate of states, which means each state gets to make a lot of its own
laws and standards (more than is typical from European nations which are more
federalized. ) In New York, you must have a masters to teach anything-
elementary, middle or high school. To be a librarian in our country, in every
state that I know of, you must hold a masters. Some states have higher
standards than others, but because of one situation or another, they will bend
their own rules to fill empty positions.
> I do not think we lack
standards here in US, but perhaps they are different then your country's.
> > This may explain the
poor standards of education that I am observing
> > from
> > ?