I Really Like This Idea on Education

I’ve long advocated this. There are a lot of well qualified teachers out there who are in the business community and would love to retire and go into teaching. They are in many ways more qualified than those who graduated from schools for teachers, schools that by and large have lost their way by focusing more on education theories and teaching techniques than actual substantive fields.

The House Education Committee passed a bill today that would allow professionals with advanced degrees to teach in high school before first gaining full certification.

House Bill 603 would help address the state’s teacher shortage, one of the sponsors, Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), told the committee.

Professional organizations for the teachers monopoly opposes this bill naturally.


  1. Bull Moose says:

    Good idea… We should focus more on results and outcomes than process… The greatest process oriented teacher may get the worst results, who knows.

    Seeing as we are second or third from the bottom, what do we have to lose by giving this a try in terms of pumping in fresh blood, vision, and energy into our educational system.

    We need a comprehensive revamp of education similar to what is needed on health care.

  2. Mike Hauncho says:

    My favorite professors in college were those who held full time jobs outside of school and taught in the evenings. They not only knew the material but they also knew how to apply it in the real word. This doesn’t mean that they are the best teachers but I think they bring a different side to the educational system that is sorely needed. There is the old saying “those who can do, those who can’t teach.”

  3. jkga says:

    I support this as well. I see a lot of students in graduate programs in the sciences who, once they get a PhD, realize that they’d be just as happy teaching at the high school level as their other career options. They have a deep understanding of their subject, often some substantial teaching experience as well, and they have a lot to offer.

  4. rugby_fan says:

    I think also starting salaries at public schools with a PhD is something like 65 to 70K a year.

    Whereas a PhD at a university will start about 30K unless you are brilliant to no end.

  5. GAWire says:

    Why waste time on good policy like this when we have important things to worry about … such as Sunday Alcohol Sales?!?

  6. GAWire says:

    Ah, PhDs are nothing – they’re handing those out these days like free copies of Creative Loafing, and JDs are handed out like free strip club passes outside Hard Rock Cafe downtown.

    I mean, how hard can it be?!?

    The GA teaching certification is the real challenge to shoot for!!!!

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