More than one blogger has linked to this LA Times piece by Elle Herman, a TV writer, about her trials and tribulations in getting certified to teach in the public schools. Its woe-as-me style is funny—she must have been a sitcom writer—but it’s also, quite frankly, a bit whiny. Must she really “endure” a TB test and a criminal background check? Um, yeah. Does she really have to take a test to show content mastery? Uh, yes, I think so. Look, I’m not saying that she doesn’t have a legitimate beef with some of California’s certification requirements, and it is true that alternative certification programs should be more streamlined than they currently are, but really, are all the requirements just a “mountain of detritus”? Here’s the world’s tiniest violin . . .
Update: Alexander Russo gets all teary-eyed about the blog dialogue on this post (requires reading the comments).
–Guestblogger Michele McLaughlin