How Certification Rules Impede the Growth of Virtual Schools
published by the John Locke Foundation
Christensen, Horn, and Johnson ask, “Escalante was an exceptional teacher. Why not capture Escalante’s instructional magic on film and make it available to schools anywhere?” To put a modern spin on the question, “Why not capture someone with Escalante’s instructional magic on a computer and make it available to schools anywhere?”
The technology to deliver high-quality online instruction exists, but a teacher of Escalante’s caliber without the right teaching certificate would not be permitted to teach in online schools in other states. Why? That teacher would not have the credentials needed to teach in each of the states offering the course. Unless the teacher possessed a current North Carolina teaching license, for example, the NC Department of Public Instruction would not permit him or her to teach in this state, regardless of talent.
It’s time to move beyond the status quo, folks. Our students would do better in math and science if they were taught by professionals in those fields.