This site is the story of one man's journey from non-teacher, to teacher, back to non-teacher. Our story takes place over a period of nearly six years, three devoted to being an actual teacher, and the nearly three that it took for me to get my certifications and license.
I'm going to avoid using people's names here, including my own, and I will avoid posting too much information that could be used to identify people through indirect means. If you think I'm making all this up because my name isn't splashed on the site, so be it.
I termed this site Educationally Incorrect to parallel the Politically Incorrect moniker. If there are people who are Educationally Incorrect, then there must exist the Educationally Correct. Who might they be? Generally, people who believe everything they were told in Education School. Here are some of my general observations: Teachers who've never had a job outside of teaching are more likely (though not certain) to be Educationally Correct, while career switchers are far more likely to tell you that all they were told in Ed School is bunk. Elementary school teachers seem far more likely to be Educationally Correct than high school teachers, and teachers in the humanities seem to be somewhat more likely to be Educationally Correct than teachers in the hard sciences.
Is there another group on the scene? Yes, the so called "Reformers" like Bill Gates and other billionaires who see education as just another business opportunity. Most of their ideas are, at best, ignorant, seeing as most have never been teachers. Unfortunately, their opponents in the public debate arena are the Educationally Correct, who've certainly been teachers, but most have only been teachers meaning that few have ever experienced the world that they are supposed to be preparing our children for. This brings into play its own set of problems.
I can't say I went into teaching because that's what I've always wanted. If that was true then I would have been a teacher right out of high school. Many of the people with whom I attended ed school were exactly like me. Even though it wasn't my first choice I believe that people like me have certain things to offer, things that are not necessarily appreciated by the educational establishment (home of the Educationally Correct).
So, after being laid off in 2002, and being unable to find work for nearly a year, I considered my options, options which I hoped took into account my experience and degrees in engineering and computer science. I headed for a local ed school.
In total, I attended two education schools, in their masters programs, and graduated from the second.
The first program I attended was and alternative certification program. In theory, due to the alleged teacher shortage, school districts are desperate for teachers, especially in science and in math, and programs like this streamline the process by doing away with some of the coursework and the student teaching and replace the latter with an actual mentored job. You spend a summer or so in intensive new teacher (in this particular case, new physics teacher) workshops after which the department vouches for your suitability to school districts, you get your job, and become certified after you've spent a certain amount of time at the front of a classroom. In reality, there's no teacher shortage, of physics teachers or otherwise, and school districts don't give a hoot about your physics teacher workshops, and they won't even talk to you unless you're already certified. Classic catch-22. That said, the workshops for physics teachers, as well as the coursework offered specifically for future physics teachers by the physics department in this particular school were by far the most useful, infinitely more so than any other traditional ed school coursework out there.