re: Privatizing Education
I recently learned that teacher credentialing in some states is being turned over to Pearson, a large educational publisher. In cahoots with Stanford, prospective teachers will, for a fee, take a 40 page test, which they will submit to Pearson, along with two 20 minute video tapes of themselves teaching a lesson. About 5-7 states have already signed on to this program for certification of their teachers.
How have teachers been credentialed? The predominant method has been for the accredited university from which they earned their teaching degree to recommend them to the state department of education's teaching credential division for certification once they have passed their coursework and their student teaching. While most teachers will continue to enroll in teacher training programs, pass coursework and student teaching, the recommendation of their university will no longer suffice.
This is a thinly veiled move to increase the financial burden of earning a teaching credential while siphoning a heretofore nonexistant income stream out of the pockets of aspiring teachers and channeling it toward a corporation that is already sucking $millions or $billions from our public educational systems. It perhaps additionally encourages gaining entry to teaching via alternative routes like Teach For America.