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Re: I want a chance to teach
Posted by Rodeo on 5/01/08
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    I went 3-12 and college in Colorado. I did masters classes, teaching
    credential, and community college classes for fun in California.

    I taught in California schools and and observed in many different
    classes. You are right that the classes in the high-performing
    schools did more resemble the schools I attended.

    But I also noticed that group work was really shoved down my throat
    in my teaching practicum courses and there seems to be a disregard
    in the state for high academic standards.

    I don't know how Colorado may have changed in the last 15 years
    since I have been gone but I know a lot of Californians flooded
    California in that time. Coloradoans back in the day tended to be
    well-educated so it may be that Californians who moved there may
    have suffered in comparison.

    As a Coloradoan, I and my peers tended to think of Californians as
    slightly shallow thinkers. Sorry to tell you this. I guess it is the
    beach culture along the more populated coastal area, breast
    implants, uncritical acceptance of politically correct ideology,
    pandering to minority groups, etc. And it is a general rule of thumb
    in the United States that educational attainment improves as you
    move East and North. Not hard and fast but still... A high-
    performing suburb in Pittsburgh will probably outperform a high-
    performing suburb in Denver, which will outperform a high-performing
    suburb in San Diego.

    I don't know if it is fair or not. But if there are highly qualified
    teachers to be had with Colorado teaching credentials, why hire
    someone with a California credential?