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Governor approves new teacher licensing rules

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has approved

Daniels signed the new rules Tuesday, three months after a state panel approved them amid criticism from college educators who said they would not improve the quality of the state's teachers.

The new rules include a requirement that people teaching grades 5 through 12 earn baccalaureate degrees in the subjects they teach. The earlier rules qualified people holding an education degree alone for an Indiana teaching license to teach those grades.

Daniels says the new rules mean that from now on all Indiana teachers will know the subject they are teaching. The rules also will allow people in other careers to move more easily into teaching.

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  • Its about time
    What about at the elementary level where young brains are supposed to be taught how to learn, how to study, and how to think. I have found out some of the teachers in our Township don't even have teaching degrees not to mention not even a degree in what they are teaching. How can someone who was a "trainer" in the Army, be hired to teach elementary students? Aren't all township teachers supposed to have some kind of certification? No wonder our students don't learn - they don't have teachers.

    Just saying.....
  • Why Not for Other Professions?
    This is brilliance itself. Why not take the same measures for other professions? For example, since we have a shortage of physicians in Indiana, why not fast track biology majors and license them to become Cardiologists? Who cares if they have no training in surgery. Why not have Math majors licensed to become CPAs! Who cares if they've never had a course in accounting. And then there's Bankers and CEOs -- even the kids who flunked ISTEP Math can add as well as they can when calculating their own bonuses! Come on Governor, you're not thinking big enough!
  • YES!
    Its about time! College would be much easier if I would have been taught correctly in the first place.

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