Saturday, November 11, 2006
VETERANS DAY: A GREAT DAY
TO CALL FOR RETIRED MILITARY
IN OUR CLASSROOMS
Happy Veterans Day!
If you're really interested in giving more than lip service to honoring our veterans, consider how they could help out in another war that's going on: the war to improve our schools.
One of the greatest innovations we could make in our schools would be to allow for the alternative certification of those who would like to teach, but have spent their careers thus far in the military. If you've put 20 years or more into that lifestyle, you are more than equipped to handle today's classrooms. And, especially at the secondary level, people with subject knowledge and discipline -- like retired military -- would be a tremendous asset. They'd be great in administrative posts, too, but so far are blocked by outdated and pointless regulations requiring a teaching certificate for most school jobs.
Let's keep policymakers informed about this exciting prospect, and hope to see some enabling legislation one of these days in Nebraska.
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