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16 January 2014 @ 11:25 am
Perspective  
So, two links from my Twitter feed caused me to consider an issue of PERSPECTIVE. One link was a terrific post about teacher education by Mike Rose (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/13/is-teacher-education-really-a-disaster/). After I read the article, though, I noticed the link at the top of the page, an ad promising a master's degree in education in one year with free iPad and textbooks. Here are the one year M.Ed. programs offered.
•Adolescent Literacy
•Early Childhood Education
•Educational Leadership
•English Language Development
•The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)
•Mathematics
•Reading
•Common Core State Standards
•Bible Literacy
•Social Studies
•Science (K-8)
•English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
•Environmental Education
•eLearning/Technology Education
•Leadership
•Methods and Curriculum
•Career and Technical Education (CTE) Leadership
•Teacher Leadership


How could someone get an M.Ed. in one year, I wondered. So, I clicked on a lot of links to find answers. The coursework necessary is listed at the site. It seems as though the program is not as long as most (ours is 36 hours). I can see how this might appeal in terms of being fewer classes each 5 weeks long (it means I could finish 9 hours each semester). I started my Master's degree work when I began working with GT kids. I need to know more, more than I could get simply reading articles. So, I returned for a graduate degree: 36 hours, weekly classes, full semesters. I learned SO much. I flirt with the idea of taking one of the classes from the online programs that guarantee fast results, but someohow I think of them like the ads for the weight loss programs and gadgets. I love the idea of losing belly fat by earing some sort of girdle thing for 10 minutes a day. It might actually work for some folks. But not for me. And I think that is what I am afraid fo for these programs: they are not for me. I am not about fast or quick or short. I am in it for the long haul.

In a conference call this week, Donalyn Miller joked about falling dowm a rabbit hole when it comes to things. She begins looking at one piece and then before she knows it, she is reading stacks of pieces. I likened mine to Hansel and Gretel, the breadcrumb approach: I read one, click a link, click another and then emerge hours later trying to find me way out of a thorny forest. I want more than a taste. I want it all (to quote Verucha Salt).
 
 
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