See a new Post (December 6) from the Conservative Teacher Project
A Consistent theme of the Conservative Historian is that the academy is dominated by liberal academicians. The same argument can be made for the teachers of secondary education as well. Even those in possession of conservative opinions in the high school are in some part in thrall to the ubiquity and power of the teacher's unions.
One of the ways this stranglehold is maintained is through a detailed, often Byzantine "certification" process in which prospective students are put through a rigorous process that the healthcare professions would admire. Yet a parent, paying for these teachers might note that "yes, but these are our students and the role of teacher is critical." The Conservative Historian does not doubt the importance of teachers. Rather we question the necessity of an overly large certification process. Unwilling to simply denigrate a process of which we do not have firsthand knowledge, one of our own here at the CH is going to go through the entire certification process in the state of IL. And we will discover whether this system is truly creating more effective teachers, or whether it is simply creating an artificial barrier to entry to make it harder for potential competitive teachers to challenge incumbent instructors.
Therefore we have opened a new section called the "Conservative Teacher" project where our reporter will provide updates. Please check it out.