I hear on National Radio news that those responsible for thinking about Chartered Schools are looking at options to register teachers that have not done a recognised teachers training program. Teachers of trades and languages are possibilities it seems. It may be worthy of consideration however I will be interested in commentary on:
1. Will they need to comply with the 12 Registered Teachers Criteria, most of which have very little to do with skills.
2. Do they realise that for Achievement Standards there is as much theory as there is skills development, sometimes more!
I think there is an opportunity to included skilled trades people in the teaching process, but its a significant step to assume they can be teachers in the widest context i.e. motivation, leadership, assessment, behaviour management, commitment to Treaty etc. That’s not to say they cannot acquire these skills but I expect it will require training, time and money.