|Home Page Commentary 5 July 1998|
At last it can be told. I've been working as a contractor with a company called SOFSOURCE in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This company, which was recently acquired by The Learning Company specializes in budget education software.
One of the products that I did for them, an update of their beginning Spanish materials, has shipped. It's in a Green marble-colored box with the word "SPANISH" on the front with the logo, "Learning Tools that Work!"
Actually, one of the best parts of the product is one that I had nothing to do with -- it's a book that lists and reviews over 500 sites for learning French and Spanish. The book, edited by Edward Knappman of New England Publishing Associates, has a very clean layout, and the concise reviews by Jeff Longwell and Claude Fouillade are amazingly fun to read.
However. Every time I get the urge to move, I realize that this is the center of the universe, at least as far as computers are concerned. I also realize I'd miss places like the local Korean grocery enormously.
Where else would I be able to get:
Anyone who has graduated from high school with a B average or above should be able to pass the CBEST with little difficulty. I had to take it in order to become a substitute teacher, and it was embarrasingly easy. Essentially, the CBEST serves as the gatekeeper test to keep out the truly unqualified.
Of course, the CBEST is not the only test that you have to take to get a credential. In order to receive a California teaching credential in a subject such as math or Spanish, you must either:
A few years later, just for fun, I took the NTE for Spanish. Although I speak and read Spanish fairly well, I didn't major in it. Sure enough, I failed the cultural knowledge and error analysis sections.
The bottom line: if a prospective teacher can't read or write at the eighth grade level, I doubt he or she can demonstrate subject area competence. People need command of both basic skills and the subject area before being allowed to teach.
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