Alternative paths to teaching

I haven’t made a secret of my view that traditional teacher preparation discourages many talented would-be teachers, not least because it requires undergraduates to give up meaty college courses for often (at least in my experience) more vacuous required education courses.

Yet while more and more teachers are “alternatively certified,” some states are holding out . . . and some school districts are hiring non-traditional teachers at the expense of more experienced traditionally-certified teachers. I’m posting links to two articles: one describing an experienced teacher’s difficulty becoming recertified in Maine, the other describing the Memphis school district’s pell-mell rush to hire teachers who are not pursuing the traditional path to licensure.

What do you think?

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